According to press releases from both teams, the Oakland Athletics have acquired first baseman Brandon Moss and relief pitcher Ryan Buchter from the Kansas City Royals. In return, the Royals have acquired pitchers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer. The move marks a return to Oakland for Moss, who spent three seasons with the club from 2012-2014. Moss hit a combined .254 with 76 home runs and 220 runs batted in during his three-season stint.
Moss, 34, was an eighth round pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2002 MLB Draft and made his debut with the club in 2007. After two seasons in Boston, Moss was a part of the Jason Bay/Manny Ramirez blockbuster and was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates. After a brief stay with the Philadelphia Phillies, Moss turned his career around with Oakland. Moss earned his only All-Star appearance in 2014. Since his time in Oakland, Moss has played for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and Royals. Moss hit .207 with 22 home runs and 50 runs batted in across 118 games for Kansas City.
Buchter, 30, was a 33rd round pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2005 MLB Draft. He made his long awaited debut with his third organization (Atlanta Braves) in 2014. Since that time, Buchter played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. Bucther had a career year in 2016, before being dealt to Kansas City in a six player deal. Buchter is 8-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 139 games in his career.
Hahn, 28, is a part of his third major trade since going in 6th round in the 2010 MLB Draft to the Tampa Bay Rays. Hahn was dealt to the San Diego Padres in the Logan Forsythe/Brad Boxberger blockbuster, and made his debut there. He was flipped to Oakland later in the Derek Norris deal, where he spent the past three seasons. Hahn has a career record of 18-20 with a 4.19 ERA in 53 games played (50 starts). However, Hahn has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career.
Fillmyer, 23, is a former fifth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. Rated in the top 30 prospects in the A’s system, Fillmeyer had a stellar year with the Double-A Midland Rockhounds. Fillmeyer went 11-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts for the club.
The Athletics are able to get some major league help for a modest price in this deal. The Royals add to their expanding starting pitching depth. It also clears room for the Royals to potentially bring back Eric Hosmer. With only Samir Duenez on the 40-man roster, the Royals will be in the market for a first baseman, even if they don’t land Hosmer.