Indians acquire Moss from Athletics for prospect
SAN DIEGO -- As the Winter Meetings kick into high gear, the Indians pursuit of Brandon Moss has been completed.
It is a one-for-one deal with the Indians sending infield prospect Joey Wendle to the Athletics. Most thought the deal might have been completed late last week but there was some haggling over the prospect.
"The addition of Brandon Moss provides our offense with a proven run-producer and power bat for the heart of our order," said general manager Chris Antonetti in a statement. "Brandon not only has great power, but his defensive versatility and personality also complement the team culture Tito has helped establish over the past two years."
During his three seasons in Oakland, Moss batted .254 with 76 home runs and 220 RBI.
After the Athletics traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox, Moss mostly played the outfield. He can play both corner outfield spots and unless another move was made he could bounce around between first, left and right field, and designated hitter. Moss, who turned 31 on Sept. 16, had hip surgery during the offseason and could be limited during spring training, but he should be ready to go by the start of the season.
Indians manager Terry Francona is also familiar with Moss, who came up through the Red Sox system and played 49 games in 2007-08 before being traded to the Pirates. Moss has also been with the Phillies.
Wendle, who received the Lou Boudreau Award as the top offensive player in the Indians' minor-league system in 2013, had last season end in late June due to a broken right hamate bone. At the time of the injury, Wendle was batting .253 with eight homers and 50 RBI in Double-A Akron.