The trade is straight-up and no cash or other players are involved. The Cards will assume Moss’ remaining salary for the 2015 season.
Brandon Moss, 31, was acquired by the Indians from the Athletics during the Winter Meetings last December after having a fantastic 3-year run with the A’s from 2012 through 2014, including an All-Star game appearance last year. He’s had a very Brandon Moss season this year, posting a miniscule .217 batting average, but blasting 15 homers and driving in 50 runs in 94 games so far.
Moss comes to St. Louis a day after OF Matt Holliday injured his right squad running to first last night, although Bob Nightingale of USA Today says that the Cards were interested in Moss’ services even before Holliday’s injury.
Chances are the Cardinals will try to acquire yet another bat to cover for Holliday’s loss.
In Rob Kaminsky the Indians are getting a first-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft. He’s been superb for the Cards organization since being promoted from Rookie League to Single-A in 2014. He started the year in Single-A+ and has a 2.09 ERA in 94 2/3 innings pitched. Last year he had a mind-boggling 1.88 ERA in 18 games for Single-A Peoria and had an 8-2 record.
Stay tuned as the Cardinals could be trading for another bat if Matt Holliday’s injury is severe enough to compromise their playoff hopes.