Red Sox Rumors: Marwin Gonzalez, Mitch Moreland Drawing Interest from Boston

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2021

Minnesota Twins left fielder Marwin Gonzalez runs to the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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The Boston Red Sox signed utilityman Kike Hernandez last week, but they may not be done adding versatility and defense to their lineup. 

According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, the Red Sox are "hoping to sign a left-handed hitter who can complement Bobby Dalbec at first base, according to industry sources, and the club remains interested in switch-hitting free agent Marwin Gonzalez, even after signing Hernandez."

Additionally, the Red Sox "also had some talks about a reunion with Mitch Moreland."

Gonzalez, 31, hit only .211 in 53 games for the Minnesota Twins last season with five homers and 22 RBI. While he's never replicated his career year from 2017 with the Houston Astros (.303 with 23 homers, 90 RBI and 67 runs, all career bests), he's always provided some pop at the plate and is versatile enough to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. 

He reportedly has also "drawn interest" from the New York Mets and the Twins, per Cotillo. 

Moreland, 35, hit .265 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 42 games between the Red Sox and San Diego Padres last season. In parts of four seasons with the Red Sox (2017-20), he hit 64 homers and added 226 RBI. He was an All-Star with the Red Sox in 2018. 

The Red Sox traded him to the Padres in August for minor leaguers Hudson Potts and Jeisson Rosario. 

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Boston has been busy this winter, signing Hernandez, Garrett Richards and Martin Perez and trading for reliever Adam Ottavino. Those aren't the splashiest moves, but they're solid additions for a Red Sox team that still appears stuck somewhere between retooling and rebuilding. 

The Red Sox aren't going to be contenders in 2021, but they should be better than the 24-36 team they trotted out last season.