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Padres acquire Mitch Moreland from Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox’s Mitch Moreland, right, watches his two-run, walk-off home run in front of Toronto Blue Jays’ Reese McGuire during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The San Diego Padres have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Hudson Potts and outfielder Jeisson Rosario, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.

In 2020, Moreland, 34, was leading the Red Sox in home runs (eight), RBI (21), batting average (.328), on-base (.430) and slugging percentage (.746), along with 14 runs scored. His 1.177 OPS ranks 2nd among all Major League hitters this season (min. 60 AB), trailing only WSH’s Juan Soto (1.212). Moreland has reached base safely in 18 of his 22 games played while making 19 starts at first base and three as the designated hitter.

Originally selected by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Moreland is a career .253 hitter (954-for-3773) with 203 doubles, eight triples, 174 home runs, 491 runs scored and 580 RBI across 11 Major League seasons between the Rangers (2010-16) and Red Sox (2017-20). The Amory, Mo. native has played in the postseason in seven of the last 10 years, winning the AL pennant with Texas in 2010 and 2011 and a World Series Championship with Boston in 2018. The 6-3, 245-pound left-handed hitter has slugged .581 (8-for-31, 2B, 3 HR) in 12 World Series games. He earned his first career All-Star Game selection in 2018 and won the AL Rawlings Gold Glove award at first base in 2016. Moreland reached 10 years of Major League service yesterday (Sat, 8/29).

— San Diego Padres Communications

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