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Moreland avoids arbitration with Rangers

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 14 2014 05:51:29 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 14 2014 05:51:29 PM CST

The Texas Rangers will not have to go to arbitration with designated hitter Mitch Moreland after an agreement was reached Friday on a one-year, $2.65 million contract for 2014, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said.

Moreland, arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career, now can become a free agent after the 2016 season.

Last season, Moreland played in 147 games and batted .232 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs. The 28-year old has a career .253 batting average with 63 homers and 186 RBI in four seasons with the Rangers.

Moreland is expected to fill Texas' DH role this year, moving from first base to make way for Price Fielder, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Detroit Tigers. Moreland likely will still get some time at first when Fielder is out of the lineup.

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