May 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore (12) hits an RBI single single the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Moore Drawing Interest from the Texas Rangers


 

Adam LaRoche is back in the lineup, and that means the Washington Nationals have an excess of first basemen once again.

The Texas Rangers have a shortage at the position, as Prince Fielder will be out the remainder of the 2014 campaign after undergoing neck surgery. Mitch Moreland will play in his stead, but the club apparently isn’t very confident in his ability to produce.

Naturally, the Rangers are interested in Tyler Moore, according to 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 has always shown the ability to hit for power. The 27-year-old has 17 home runs in 390 career at-bats. Sure, his career slash line is just .236/.293/.415, but that’s likely a result of often inconsistent time.

In a platoon with Moreland, Moore would find semi-consistent time. Plus, Arlington is a great hitter’s ballpark.

Nothing is in the works just yet, but this is something to monitor moving forward. Texas might not want to wait until the trade deadline to make something happen.

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