Indians acquire Brandon Moss from Athletics

The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for infielder Joe Wendle, sources have told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

Buster Olney of ESPN had reported that the two sides were on the verge of a deal, later confirmed by Jordan Bastian of

Brandon Moss, 31, slashed .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 runs batted in over 580 plate appearances during the 2014 campaign. Moss is also projected to make $7 million through arbitration for the 2015 season. Also, Moss was highly expendable with all the first basemen the A’s had. Walking in a career-high 67 plate appearances, Moss also struck out a career-high 153 times.

Moss is also coming off of surgery on his right hip that plagued him during the second half of the season, which prompted him to have surgery this offseason on that hip. Over his eight-year major-league career, he has hit .248/.326/.460 with 91 career home runs and 298 career runs batted in over 2130 plate appearances in 625 career games between the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and the Athletics.

Joe Wendle, a 24-year-old native of Wilmington, Del., was thought of as the key piece in this 1-for-1 deal for Moss. Wendle, who did not place among the Indians’ top ten prospects in the recent rankings on Baseball America, was ranked ninth on‘s latest rankings for the Indians’ farm system. In 370 plate appearances for the Indians’ Double-A affiliate at Akron, Wendle hit .253/.311/.414 with eight home runs and 50 runs batted in, as his season was hampered by broken hamate bone.

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