Red Sox

Mitch Moreland returning to Red Sox

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In need of a left-handed bat to play first base, the Red Sox turned to a familiar face on Tuesday, signing Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal with an option for 2021.

Moreland will earn $2.5 million in 2020. The Sox hold a team option for $3 million in 2021 with a $500,000 buyout, making the guaranteed portion of the deal $3 million. That's also the number that will count toward the Red Sox payroll for competitive balance tax (CBT) purposes.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the terms of the contract.