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Brandon Moss | First Baseman

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon Moss (hip) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the first time this spring.
Moss is currently rehabbing from October hip surgery. Indians manager Terry Francona said earlier this week that he's not ready to commit to him being ready for Opening Day, but the expectation is that he could be cleared for game action by mid-March. If so, he shouldn't need many at-bats to be tuned up. Feb 25 - 3:33 PM

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Indians manager Terry Francona on Monday wouldn't commit to Brandon Moss (hip) being ready for Opening Day.

Moss is currently working on building up his running program as he rehabs his way back from hip surgery. He's expected to be cleared for game action by mid-March, which should give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. However, his manager obviously isn't ready to commit his name to the Opening Day lineup just yet.
Feb 23 - 6:24 PM

Brandon Moss (hip) is on pace to be cleared for Cactus League games by mid-March.

Working his way back from hip surgery, Moss is doing sprints and overhand-toss hitting drills. He is expected to begin position-specific running drills within the next 7-10 days and hitting on the field by the end of February or early March. Hip injuries can be worrisome, but all signs point to Moss being ready to go on Opening Day.
Feb 19 - 7:46 PM

Brandon Moss' follow-up exam with the doctor who performed his hip surgery went well.

He'll meet with the Indians' medical staff next weekend. Moss is expected to be fine for Opening Day, though he seems likely to be eased into things in spring training.
Jan 16 - 5:33 PM

Indians and 1B/OF Brandon Moss avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Moss was arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. He's slated to open next season as the Tribe's right fielder but could also see some starts at first base and designated hitter.
Jan 16 - 2:10 PM

Indians acquired 1B/OF Brandon Moss from the Athletics for 2B Joey Wendle.

It's a small price to pay for a power upgrade. Moss struggled down the stretch this season due to a hip injury which required surgery in October, but he has slugged 76 home runs since the start of 2012. If healthy, he could pay big dividends, especially in a park that plays favorably to left-handed hitters. The addition of Moss creates a bit of a log jam between the outfield and DH, but the Indians are expected to attempt to trade Nick Swisher this offseason.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 01:01:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Indians have acquired Brandon Moss from the Athletics.

Prospect second baseman Joey Wendle will head back to Oakland in a one-for-one swap. Moss is coming off hip surgery, which likely affected the return. Still, he has the potential to be an impact bat in the middle of Cleveland's lineup.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:31:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Athletics and Indians are "on the verge" of a Brandon Moss trade.

This essentially confirms what was reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post this morning. The A's are reportedly targeting a young middle infielder in the deal, with Joe Wendle mentioned as a possibility.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:07:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Indians and Athletics are "inching closer" to a trade involving Brandon Moss.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer expected trade talks to come to a resolution last Friday, but nothing has been finalized yet. Still, the A's are widely expected to move Moss and the Indians are prioritizing power. It's been reported that the A's could have interest in prospect second baseman Joe Wendle in the return.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 09:53:00 AM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer expects trade talks between the Indians and Athletics involving Brandon Moss to come to a resolution on Friday.

Hoynes has noted previously that the Indians are "guardedly optimistic" about acquiring Moss and has said the A's are interested in second base prospect Joe Wendle. Moss has batted .254/.340/.504 with 76 homers over the last three seasons with the A's. He's arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:33:00 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are "guardedly optimistic" about acquiring Brandon Moss from the Athletics.

The exact timetable on a deal isn't yet known, but Moss is known to be on the block. The 31-year-old saw his production slide during the second half this past season due to a hip injury and underwent surgery in October, but he boasts big-time power. The Indians would have a bit of a log jam if they acquire him, but the situation could become less complicated if they are able to deal Nick Swisher.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 05:48:00 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark was told that the A's are planning to trade Brandon Moss this winter.

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reported Wednesday that the Indians have expressed interest, but they won't be alone in trying to acquire the 31-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder. Moss was slowed in 2014 by a hip injury, but he had it surgically-repaired in October and still boasts an .844 OPS in 376 games since the beginning of the 2012 season. Power is a rare commodity right now.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 09:02:00 AM

According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the Indians are interested in acquiring Brandon Moss from the A's.

And the Oakland front office is listening. Moss struggled in the second half of the 2014 season because of a hip injury that he had surgically-repaired in October. The 31-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder boasts an .844 OPS in 376 games since the beginning of the 2012 season. He's rattled off three straight 20-homer seasons in Oakland, which is not an easy task.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 04:52:00 PM

According to Jane Lee of, the trade that the Athletics are currently working on does not include slugger Brandon Moss.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports already reported that the deal does not include ace right-hander Jeff Samardzija. While it's unclear at the moment who is being traded and where they're going, it does appear that Billy Beane is on the verge of something interesting.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 09:13:00 PM

Brandon Moss underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and also fix an impingement in his right hip.

Moss was bothered by the hip ailment for much of the second half and it showed at the plate, as he hit just .162 with a .575 OPS in 162 plate appearances after August 1. He'll be on crutches for four weeks and is expected to be able to run in 12 weeks. Moss might be eased into things at the beginning of spring training but should be fine by Opening Day.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 07:38:00 PM

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