Moroff signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Moroff saw limited playing time in 2019 as he dealt with a strained left scapula, but he saw major-league action for the fourth consecutive year. The 26-year-old struck out 16 times in 35 plate appearances in the majors. He wasn't much better in the minors, recording a .213/.375/.361 slash line with four home runs and eight RBI over 34 games. Moroff faces an uphill battle for time in the majors after he struggled last season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him appear in some major-league games if injuries arise.
Moroff landed on the minor-league injured list at Triple-A Columbus with a strained left scapula Saturday.
Moroff was designated for assignment in early May after hitting just .125/.176/.250 in 35 big-league plate appearances. The injury means he's one step further from returning to the big leagues.
Moroff cleared waivers Saturday and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
It's not particularly surprising that Moroff passed through waivers unclaimed, as he owns a career .183/.277/.319 slash line in 104 major-league games. He'll serve as organizational depth for the Indians moving forward.
The Indians designated Moroff for assignment Sunday.
Moroff had seen somewhat steady action in the first few weeks of the season when Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor were on the injured list, but his opportunities have dwindled since both players were reinstated to the active roster. The infielder had logged just three at-bats since April 20 and was deemed expendable with the Tribe needing to free up a roster spot for Sunday's starting pitcher, Cody Anderson, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move. Assuming none of the other 29 big-league teams put in a waiver claim for Moroff, he'll remain in the Cleveland organization and report to Columbus.
Moroff went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with Atlanta.
The Cleveland infield is healthy again with Jason Kipnis and now Francisco Lindor back in action, so Moroff -- who only had two hits and zero homers on the season coming into Saturday -- will be relegated to a bench role at best moving forward. Even in deep AL-only formats, there's little reason to keep him in an active lineup spot.
Moroff will start at second base and will bat eighth Wednesday against the Tigers.
Moroff will draw his fifth start of the season as the occupant of the short side of a platoon at second base with the lefty-hitting Brad Miller. The lack of steady at-bats dampens Moroff's fantasy prospects enough as it is, but he hasn't helped his cause by getting off to a 2-for-18 start to the season while striking out in half of his plate appearances.
Moroff is in line to break camp with the Indians, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The Indians announced Friday that Francisco Lindor (calf) and Jason Kipnis (calf) won't be ready for Opening Day, leaving Moroff and Eric Stamets (hip) to man the middle of the infield for the time being, barring a free agent signing. The 25-year-old Moroff, who owns a career .193/.293/.331 slash line across parts of three big-league seasons (84 games), figures to return to a utility role or head down to Triple-A once Lindor and Kipnis are healthy.
Moroff went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer Wednesday against the Mariners.
Moroff's three-run shot off Brandon Brennan in the bottom of the seventh inning put the Indians up for good. The 25-year-old, who came over from the Pirates in an offseason trade, is competing for a utility role during camp.
The Pirates traded Moroff and Jordan Luplow to the Indians on Wednesday in exchange for Erik Gonzalez, Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza.
Moroff spent most of the 2018 campaign at Triple-A Indianapolis, hitting .223/.334/.393 with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 74 games. He had a couple stints with the Pirates' big-league club but failed to cement any sort of significant role with the team, instead serving as organizational depth around the infield. Expect to see the 25-year-old utilized in the same manner with Cleveland in 2019.
Moroff was sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Moroff has played in 26 games for the Pirates this year, during which he's slashed just .186/.284/.356 with three home runs and nine RBI. He will receive everyday at-bats with the Triple-A club moving forward.
Moroff went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday during the Pirates' win in the second game of a doubleheader with the Brewers.
The third-inning blast was the only run allowed by Brewers starter Brent Suter. Moroff is hitting .185/.267/.370 in 60 plate appearances with the Bucs, however, and henwill keep a role as a mere fill-in/utility player as long as everyone's healthy.
Moroff will make his seventh start of the season Wednesday, batting eighth while playing second base against the Dodgers.
He's gone 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the first two games of the series. Moroff has hit .258/.348/.455 for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2018 and put up an OPS of .909 last year. He could see more time in the second half of the season if Pittsburgh decides to trade the likes of Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison.
Moroff will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Friday's game, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Moroff has spent the past six weeks at the Triple-A level after struggling at the beginning of the 2018 season with the Pirates. During his last 20 games for Indianapolis, he's slashed .314/.398/.586 with four home runs and 17 RBI. Expect him to be utilized as a reserve infielder in a similar capacity to Sean Rodriguez, who was placed on the 10-day DL due to a right quadriceps strain Wednesday.
Moroff was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Moroff has struggled at the plate with a .216/.256/.405 slash line and 19 strikeouts in 37 at-bats this season, and his position of depth utility infielder became expendable with the imminent return of Josh Harrison (hand) from the disabled list. The 24-year-old will return to Indianapolis, where he has a much better .280/.406/.440 line.
Moroff got the start at second base and hit leadoff Friday, going 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in an 11-2 win over the Giants.
The blast was his second in 13 games since being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, but Moroff's .241/.267/.483 slash line and 1:14 BB:K remain lackluster. The 24-year-old will continue splitting time at the keystone with Adam Frazier until Josh Harrison (hand) is able to return to action.
Moroff went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Wednesday against the Nationals.
He also committed a costly miscue at second base with the bases loaded. The start was just his third of the season. As a result, it wouldn't be surprising to see him back on the Bucs' bench barring injuries to Adam Frazier and Sean Rodriguez.
Moroff will start at second base and bat leadoff Wednesday in Washington.
The start will be just the third of the season for Moroff. He has five hits in 18 at-bats and stroked a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss. The infielder has never faced Wednesday's starter Stephen Strasburg.
Moroff is expected to serve as a pinch runner, defensive replacement and occasional starting second baseman with Josh Harrison (hand) out for the next six weeks, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Moroff, who struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance Monday, batted .200/.302/.325 in 120 at-bats as a rookie last season. His defensive ability could help him to steal some time away from Adam Frazier at second base as a late-innings replacement. In addition, if Moroff comes through offensively then it wouldn't be surprising to see him move into a timeshare at second base. Moroff hit .280 with a .406 on-base percentage and an .846 OPS in 25 Triple-A plate appearances prior to his recall.
Moroff was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.
The Pirates were in need of infield depth with Josh Harrison (hand) expected to miss six weeks. Moroff will head to the majors to provide that depth, though it's unlikely that he'll get regular playing time. Adam Frazier will likely man the keystone on an everyday basis now.
The Pirates optioned Moroff to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
In addition to Moroff, fellow infielder Chris Bostick was also sent to Indianapolis on Tuesday, which could lock Sean Rodriguez into a spot on the Pirates' bench as a second utility man behind Adam Frazier. Moroff displayed some burgeoning power to go along with stellar on-base skills in 51 games with Indianapolis last season, but was unable to replicate that success in the big leagues. He slashed .200/.302/.325 with only three home runs across 140 plate appearances with Pittsburgh in 2017.
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