Aroldis Chapman is heading in the wrong direction

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Reds’ flamethrower Aroldis Chapman was sent down to AAA because he couldn’t locate the strike zone.  Well, his control improved a tick once he went down to Louisville, but it came at the expense of his stuff, because he got tattooed there: nine hits and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings.  As a result, the Reds have now sent him down another rung to Double-A Carolina.

I’m somewhat torn about this. On the one hand, I want to see him succeed, because he has crazy heat and that’s cool.  On the other hand, if he continues to struggle he might eventually end up with the Dayton Dragons, and that’s not very far from me!

Red Sox re-sign Mitch Moreland to two-year deal

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The Red Sox have re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract, the club announced on Monday. According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the total value of the deal is $13 million and Moreland can earn more through performance incentives.

Moreland, 32, hit .246/.326/.443 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI in 576 plate appearances with the Red Sox in 2017. With Moreland back in the fold, the Red Sox are out of the running for free agent Eric Hosmer.

While Moreland doesn’t have the best bat among first basemen, he plays good defense. His return also means the Red Sox can safely stow Hanley Ramirez back in the DH role.