The Boston Red Sox signed first basemen Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract in December in order to add some offensive production to a lineup that will be without the recently retired David Ortiz.

Moreland, who hit .233 with 22 home runs last season, spoke with NESN’s Tom Caron on Saturday at the Red Sox’s “Baseball Winter Weekend” at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., about his role on the team and his admiration for Ortiz.

Hear what Moreland had to say in the video above.

Thumbnail photo via Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via May 1, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) hits an rbi double during the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports