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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 Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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