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Athletics Reunite With Brandon Moss After Trade With Royals

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The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics completed a trade on Monday, as the most notable name in the deal was outfielder Brandon Moss.

Moss, left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter, and cash considerations were acquired by Oakland in exchange for right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Jesse Hahn.

Moss, 34, played for the Athletics from 2012-14. His three years with Oakland saw him hit a career-high 30 home runs in 2013, and be named to his only All-Star team a year later.

Buchter, 30, is coming off another solid season in the pen. In 71 games- 29 of them coming with the Royals after being acquired  by the San Diego Padres- he posted a 2.89 ERA (2.67 with Kansas City). It was his second straight impressive campaign, as he recorded a 2.86 ERA in 67 games a year prior for San Diego with additional career-highs in WHIP, BAA, and strikeouts (made Major League debut with one game in 2014, didn’t appear in 2015).

Fillmyer, 23, went 11-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 29 games/starts in 2017 for the Midland RockHounds of the Texas League, the Athletics’ double-A affiliate.

Hahn, 28, is 18-20 with a 4.19 in 53 games (50 starts) in four Major League seasons since 2014, the last three coming with the Athletics. This past season, he went 3-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 14 games (13 starts). His best campaign was 2015, going 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA in 16 games/starts.

In 11 Major League seasons (since 2007) for seven teams, Moss is a .237/.314/.452 hitter with 160 homers and 473 RBIs. This past year for the Royals, he hit .207 with 22 homers and 50 RBIs in 362 at-bats, mainly as a designated hitter.

Moss has five career 20-homer seasons, all coming since 2012. In order since then, his home run totals each year have been 21, 30, 25, 19, 28, and 22.

An additional fact about Moss is that his batting average has decreased each year since 2012. After hitting .291 that season, he’s proceeded to post marks of .256, .234, .226, .225, and .207.

Moss replaces Ryon Healy- who was traded to the Seattle Mariners in mid-November– as Oakland’s DH. Last year, Healy belted 25 home runs in 149 games for the A’s.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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