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Indians Acquire Brandon Moss from Oakland via Trade

Indians Acquire Brandon Moss from Oakland via Trade

| On 08, Dec 2014

The Cleveland Indians have started the 2014 Winter Meetings with a trade Monday afternoon. The Indians have acquired Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league second baseman Joe Wendle.

Moss, a left-handed hitting corner outfielder and first baseman, was a 2014 All-Star for Oakland. The 30-year old hit .234, with 25 home runs and 81 driven in during the 2014 season. He will help the Indians average offense in the power department. Last season the Indians were ninth of 15 American League teams in home runs. Moss provides offensive production to the lineup, but is below average defensively in both the outfield and at first base. He is under team control through the 2016 season and is projected to make about $7.1 million in salary arbitration this winter. underwent right hip surgery (torn labrum/impingement) on October 23 and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.

Wendle, selected by the Indians in the sixth round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft, hit .253 with eight home runs and 50 runs batted in during 87 games at Double-A Akron this season. Wendle’s season was interrupted when he broke a bone in his hand in June, sidelining him for eight weeks. The second baseman has shown offensive prowess at the lower minor league levels and Oakland believes he could still progress to the big league level quickly.

“The addition of Brandon Moss provides our offense with a proven run-producer and power bat for the heart of our order,” said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Antonetti. “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.”

It may be the first move in a line of several for Antonetti and the Indians this winter. Moss’ acquisition seems to create a logjam of players for the right field, first base and designated hitter position. With Moss, Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher, David Murphy and Ryan Raburn all restricted to those positions, it seems likely that someone in the group will not be on the Indians’ 2015 roster.

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