Sep 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) rounds the bases on a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Moreland to DH

Sep 19, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) hits a solo home run during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By now, everybody is aware that the Texas Rangers have pretty much gone through a complete makeover this offseason. We all know the list… Nolan Ryan is out, David Murphy is a Cleveland Indian. Ian Kinsler is a Detroit Tiger.

It’s certainly going to be weird and it will take a long time to get used to. Even though we knew Michael Young was no longer a Ranger last year, we still half expected to see No. 10 in the infield.

That’s neither here nor there however. We’ve also all heard about the new Rangers such as Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo. The player being overshadowed by all of that is Mitch Moreland.

Moreland is no stranger to the Rangers seeing as he has been with the club since 2010. He is however,a stranger to the DH, which is his new position since Fielder will be the team’s starting first baseman.

Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest threw in his two cents on that matter on the Hague Sports Podcast.

“We asked him about that and he talked about it” Andro said. “He really doesn’t know how to adjust to it because it’s something he’s never really done before. He said he’s going to talk to some guys and see how they get ready for it because it’s completely foreign to him. He hasn’t even worked at first base in this spring. He’s pretty much been working in the outfield even because they know he can play first base. I think the adjustment for Mitch is going to be mental until he gets in-game action…”

Perhaps one of those guys Moreland should reach out to for advice is his former teammate, Young himself.

He is after all, the franchise’s all time hits leader and a former Gold Glove winner. We all know it was a struggle for Young and he made the proper adjustments.

Maybe it’ll be a great move for Moreland since he’ll be able to put a lot more focus on his bat. Statistically, he’s coming off his best season with 23 home runs, 60 runs and 60 RBI. The Rangers would benefit greatly to see those numbers go up with him as a DH.

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