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Tyler Moore is drawing some interest from the Rangers

May 25, 2014, 10:25 PM EST

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The injury-ravaged Rangers received yet more bad news on Friday, when they learned that first baseman Prince Fielder has a herniated C5-C6 disc in his neck. The Rangers placed FielderĀ on the 15-day disabled list, but he could undergo season-ending surgery to fix the injury.

Looking to fill the void with Fielder out, the Rangers will go back to Mitch Moreland at first base. They’ve also been scoping out available players, one of which is Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore. Via MLB.com’s Bill Ladson:

[…] the Rangers are in need of a first baseman and they have inquired about Nationals first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore, according to a baseball source.

The source indicated that nothing is serious and the Rangers have a long list of first basemen they have interest in.

Moore and Moreland would make for a decent platoon given their last names. However, over 420 big league plate appearances, Moore has a reverse platoon split which means he has hit same-handed pitching better than opposite-handed pitching. Against right-handers, Moore has a .734 OPS and against lefties, he has a .679 OPS.

Moore has been filling in for the injured Adam LaRoche, but LaRoche made his return to the Nationals’ lineup on Sunday afternoon. As a result, Moore will see his playing time diminish, making him expendable.

  1. mazblast - May 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Any power hitter with a pulse, a BA over .200, and a comparatively low salary is on the Rangers’ list.

    • bendover09 - May 26, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Why mess with Mooreland when he is hitting over .280?

      I guess you also missed the butt whooping Detroit received

      Funny how ppl think the Rangers are ‘broke’

      Rangers also hold the highest road batting avg

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