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Reds Sign Colin Moran

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Colin Moran became a free agent after the Pirates designated him for assignment at the end of November, but he will be staying in the division as the Reds announced that they signed him to a one-year deal.

Moran spent the last four seasons with the Pirates after coming over in the five-player swap that sent right-hander Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros. The sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Moran had a .269/.331/.419 slash line in 444 games with Pittsburgh. He posted double-digit home run totals all four years, and drove in a career-high 80 runs in 2019.

With first base locked down by Joey Votto, Moran could see the bulk of his time coming in a DH capacity against right-handed pitching and off the bench. This could serve Moran well as he rates as a below-average defender at first base.

To this point, most of the Reds moves this offseason have involved players heading elsewhere. Their offseason began when they lost Wade Mailey on waivers to the Cubs. Since then, they’ve traded Sonny Gray to the Twins, Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to the Mariners and Amir Garrett to the Royals, though they did get back Mike Minor in that deal.

Now, the Pirates will see quite a bit of their former friend now turned foe with the first matchup coming the first weekend in May.

 

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