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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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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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