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MLB All-Star surprisingly becomes ‘Jeopardy!’ clue

Mitch Moreland in shades

Baseball fans will probably be wondering, “But why?” about a clue that aired on “Jeopardy!” this week.

Ex-MLB All-Star Mitch Moreland was surprisingly the subject of a clue on Tuesday’s airing of the popular quiz show. The clue, for $200 in the opening “Jeopardy!” round, read, “Mitch Moreland, sometimes called ‘Mitchy Four Bags,’ is a pro athlete in this sport.” The category was “Sports Nicknames.”

Reigning champion Amy Schneider buzzed in with the correct answer of “baseball” without hesitation.

The “Jeopardy!” clue writers could have chosen any baseball player to write a clue about and yet they somehow landed on … Moreland. While Moreland is a former All-Star, World Series champion, and Gold Glove winner, he is definitely a lesser-known player to the general public. Perhaps the writers were trying to choose a player whose nickname hinted at a baseball theme. But even so, something like “Tony Two Bags” (Anthony Rendon) or “Joey Bats” (Jose Bautista) might have been better.

Also for what it’s worth, Moreland’s nickname is actually listed online as “Mitchy Two Bags” instead of “Mitchy Four Bags.”

Still, we can’t complain too much. Schneider nailed that clue just the way it was written, which is way better than “Jeopardy!” contestants usually do with baseball questions.

Photo: Mar 18, 2021; Peoria, Arizona, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Mitch Moreland against the San Diego Padres during a Spring Training game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Moreland traded from Red Sox to Padres

Mitch Moreland

The San Diego Padres have hit so many grand slams this season that the nickname “Slam Diego” was born, and they are now adding another power hitter to their lineup.

The Boston Red Sox have traded first baseman Mitch Moreland to the Padres in exchange for third baseman Hudson Potts and outfielder Jeisson Rosario. Potts is a former first-round pick who was the No. 16 prospect in San Diego’s system.

Moreland has eight home runs and 21 RBI in just 22 games this season. He has an OPS of 1.255 against right-handed pitching, and San Diego has a need for a player like him with Tommy Pham out for the season. Moreland can DH regularly and also play first base some games.

The Red Sox are 11-22 and almost certainly going to make more moves beyond trading Moreland. The Padres, on the other hand, are 20-15 and well on their way to the postseason. A left-handed hitter like Moreland should be very useful for them down the stretch.

Mitch Moreland re-signs with Red Sox

Mitch Moreland

Mitch Moreland will be returning to the Boston Red Sox for the 2020 season.

Moreland has agreed to a one-year deal with the team, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal says Moreland will make $2.5 million in 2020 and has a $3 million team option for 2021. He has a $500,000 buyout for 2021, meaning he is guaranteed to earn $3 million.

Mitchy 4-bags has spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. He has batted .247 with a .326 on-base percentage and .455 slugging percentage over his Red Sox career. He actually made the All-Star team in 2018 after beginning the season hot.

Moreland, 34, brings a left-handed bat to a lineup that features several right-handers. Michael Chavis will likely split time with Moreland at first base.

Watch: Mitch Moreland blasts 437-foot home run in Game 4

Mitch Moreland

Mitch Moreland got the Boston Red Sox back into Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night with a huge home run.

Moreland crushed a 437-foot home run deep into the right field pavilion of Dodger Stadium. He was batting with two on and two out against Ryan Madson when he knocked he ball out of the park to make it a 1-run game in the 7th.

Madson was the third Dodgers pitcher of the inning. Rich Hill was pulled after facing two batters; Scott Alexander then walked Brock Holt; and Madson got a popout before allowing the homer to Moreland.

The Dodgers remained in the lead 4-3 thanks to a four-run sixth inning highlighted by a 3-run home run from Yasiel Puig.

Red Sox re-sign Mitch Moreland, likely out on Eric Hosmer

Mitch Moreland

This probably was not the free agent splash Boston Red Sox fans were hoping for.

The Red Sox on Monday signed Mitch Moreland to a two-year deal worth a reported $13 million.

Moreland, 32, played last season with the Red Sox and batted .246 with 34 doubles and 22 home runs. Those numbers fell in line with his career slash line averages of .252/.326/.413.

Although he has played in the outfield on occasions during his career, Moreland is almost exclusively a first baseman. Re-signing him almost certainly means the Red Sox are out on Eric Hosmer, who was said to be one of their targets.

Boston is said to be looking for an offensive upgrade. The biggest bat available on the market that seems to fit their needs would be J.D. Martinez, who is seeking a $200 million contract.

12 best under-the-radar MLB free agents

Every single season, at least one team gets lucky with one of their offseason acquisitions. Typically, a player who didn’t get much attention during the offseason ends up being a key piece in a World Series or playoff run — just look at Charlie Morton of the Houston Astros or Brandon Morrow of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Here’s a look at 12 free agents who aren’t going to command massive contracts and astronomical bidding wars, but could still be big contributors for someone in 2018.

Carlos Gonzalez, OF

Gonzalez has some caveats associated with him. The biggest one is that he’s simply never been as good away from Coors Field as he was at home, and obviously he won’t have that luxury anymore. This is still a guy who hit 40 home runs two years ago and hit .298 with 20 homers in 2016, so there’s pop in the bat despite an awful 2017. The fact is that Gonzalez can still contribute to an offense, even away from Coors Field — he could be a nice bounceback candidate.

Steve Cishek, P

Once one of the game’s more respected closers, Cishek has been marred by some inconsistency over the past few seasons, which is not exactly a unique thing for relief pitchers. He was great under-the-radar with Seattle and especially Tampa Bay in 2017, posting a 2.01 ERA overall. He may be able to close for someone, but he’s been performing so well as a setup man that any interested teams may simply want him to fill that role and stay there.


Each MLB team’s most important free agent

Jake Arrieta

Pretty much every MLB team will have to deal with the reality that a few of their players are headed to free agency. For many teams, the ability to keep all their players is just not feasible. In some cases, they will be losing role players or guys who were on short-term contracts. Others, though, are watching as franchise players and integral parts of organizations head into the free agent market, possibly for greener pastures.

Here’s a look at one important free agent from each team who played at least some part in their 2017 campaign.

Arizona Diamondbacks — J.D. Martinez, outfielder

He was only a Diamondback for a little over two months, but what an impact Martinez had. He took advantage of the friendly hitting environment to smack 29 home runs in 62 games, powering the Diamondbacks to the NLDS along the way. He’ll probably prove too expensive for Arizona to retain him, and they have bigger needs to fill anyway, but he won’t be easily forgotten. Martinez is said to be seeking a $200 million contract. Arizona will be weaker next season without his power, even if his tenure was a brief one.

Atlanta Braves — R.A. Dickey, pitcher

With only two free agents, Atlanta doesn’t have much to deal with in terms of departures. The team decided not to pick up the 43-year-old pitcher’s option for 2018, and Dickey may be considering retirement. His importance lies in the position he plays; in terms of ERA, he was the Braves’ best starting pitcher at 4.26. The Braves will be searching for someone established to replace him — their pitching disappointed last season, and they may think they have an outside chance of making a run in 2018.

Baltimore Orioles — Chris Tillman, pitcher