Red Sox need some roster exit velocity to jettison underachievers
By Rick McNair
Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce
Both are done after 2019 and become free agents. Steve Pearce has contributed nothing this season and sits on a $6.25 MM contract that has produced a lone home run and a batting average that makes Sandy Leon look like a real hitter. Age, poor performance, and injury at 37-years-old means retirement.
Two things regarding Mitch Moreland: Moreland will hit and Moreland will get injured. Moreland has accomplished both in 2019 so he has continued to be consistent. With a contract of $6.5 MM to expire, Moreland’s days in Boston will end. Maybe an early gift and release Moreland so he could hook up with a contender.
Moreland carries a good glove – once winning a Gold Glove – and certainly has his moments with the stick, but at 34-years-old the Red Sox options look longingly to youth such as Michael Chavis who provides what Moreland does with more defensive versatility.