Despite having already traded their top player in third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Oakland Athletics are looking to trade another one of the key offensive players. John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group originally reported that the Cleveland Indians were speaking to the Athletics about a possible deal involving outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss. Tonight, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the two sides should reach a resolution involving a trade by tomorrow “one way or another.”
Indians-A’s deal for Brandon Moss (one way or the other) should reach conclusion Friday.
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) December 5, 2014
Brandon Moss, a 31-year-old Monroe, Ga. native, is projected to make approximately $7 million through arbitration for the 2015 season, giving the A’s another reason to trade him. Also, Moss is highly expendable with the plethora of first basemen the team currently has, which includes Billy Butler, Ike Davis, Nate Freiman and Stephen Vogt.
Moss slashed .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 runs batted in over 580 plate appearances during the 2014 campaign. He also struck out a career-high 153 times, while walking in a career-high 67 plate appearances. Moss is also coming off of surgery on his right hip that plagued him during the second half of the season, prompting him to undergo offseason surgery.
In his eight-year major-league career, he has a slash line of .248/.326/.460 with 91 home runs and 298 runs batted in over 2130 plate appearances in 625 career games between the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and the Athletics.