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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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