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Brandon Moss | Outfielder | #37

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 8 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details
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Royals GM Dayton Moore said the team did not sign Brandon Moss just so he could DH.
"One of the things that attracted us so much to Brandon was that he wasn’t a pure DH," said Moore. "He could play both wing outfield spots. He could play first base. So that was important for us." Last year for the Cardinals, Moss made 61 starts in the outfield and another 40 at first base. His defensive versatility should boost his fantasy stock, though Moss will probably take a seat against most left-handers. The 33-year-old has slugged at least 20 homers in each of his last five seasons. Feb 3 - 8:35 AM

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Royals signed OF/DH Brandon Moss to a two-year, $12 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2019.

The mutual option includes a $1 million buyout. Per Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, the deal carries incentives based on plate appearances. Moss socked 28 homers in 464 plate appearances with the Cardinals last season, but he dropped off badly during the second half and finished with a .225/.300/.484 batting line. The 33-year-old should see plenty of at-bats against right-handers between right field and first base with his new team. He's an insurance policy for first base if Eric Hosmer leaves in free agency next winter.
Feb 1 - 3:29 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that Brandon Moss has agreed to a contract with the Royals.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says it's a two-year, $12 million deal with an option for 2019. It's a good fit for both sides, as Moss can take regular at-bats against righties between the designated hitter spot and right field. He'll also be an option for first base in 2018 if Eric Hosmer bolts as a free agent. The 33-year-old looked like he might net a nice multi-year contract this winter after he batted a healthy .270/.344/.586 with 25 home runs through his first 97 games last season, but he finished the year in a hideous 10-for-106 slump (.094). The consistency probably won't be there, but Moss should provide decent power in a platoon-type role for the Royals.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 12:46 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in free agent slugger Brandon Moss.

Morosi notes that the interest remains despite acquiring Seth Smith from the Mariners on Friday. The O's currently have a vacancy in their lineup for a designated hitter, and Moss would seem to be a nice fit. Moss clubbed 28 homers for the Cardinals in 2016 while slashing .225/.300/.484.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 7 - 9:43 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports passes along word that the Yankees have shown interest in free agent Brandon Moss.

Moss struggled down the stretch this past season, hitting just .091/.173/.192 over the course of 110 plate appearances over the final three weeks of the campaign. Overall, he finished the year with a .225/.300/.484 triple-slash while cracking 28 homers and driving in 67 runs. He entered free agency after the Cardinals decided against extending him a qualifying offer.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 07:00:00 PM

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN, the Cardinals will not extend a qualifying offer to Brandon Moss.

The qualifying offer for free agents this winter is one-year, $17.2 million and the Cardinals obviously don't view Moss as being worth that kind of dough. Moss got off to a very good start in 2016, but he batted just .091/.173/.192 in 110 plate appearances between August 29 and October 2. That late-season slump is going to cost him millions.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 03:18:00 PM

Brandon Moss slugged a two-run homer against the Pirates on Friday.

Moss is now up to 28 homers on the year, though it has been quite a struggle for him over the past month. Coming into Friday’s action, he was hitting .074 (7-for-95) over his previous 28 games. He was hitting .270 as recently as August 26, but he’s now sitting at .225 on the year.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 12:57:00 AM

Brandon Moss drilled a solo home run for his only hit of the game versus the Giants on Saturday.

He took Giants starter Jeff Samardzija over the wall in the first inning to produce the only run the Cardinals would score until they added on two more in the ninth inning for the win. The home run was his 27th of the season to go along with a .238 batting average and 64 RBI.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 12:25:00 AM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

Moss drove a Jason Hammel pitch out to right in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Cards a lead they wouldn't relinquish. It also snapped a 15-game homerless streak for the 32-year-old, who had gone ice cold since late August. Overall, Moss has 26 home runs and 63 RBI and should still be in for a nice payday come winter.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 12:01:00 AM

Brandon Moss is not in Monday's lineup against the Cubs.

Moss is mired in a 1-for-41 funk, so he'll take a seat against MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks. Jeremy Hazelbaker will play left field while Randal Grichuk will hit cleanup.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 06:49:00 PM

Brandon Moss is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Brewers.

Matt Carpenter will be at first base and Tommy Pham will be in left field at Miller Park in Milwaukee. This appears to be a routine night off for Moss.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

Moss hit a two-run shot off the right field foul pole to get the Cards on the board in the sixth inning, and he added a solo homer in the eighth for good measure. Moss now has 25 home runs and 60 RBI in 96 games. He also hit 25 bombs in Oakland in 2014, and his single-season best is 30, also with the A's, in 2013. With over a month to play, Moss has a shot at setting a new record this year.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:55:00 PM

Brandon Moss was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Friday due to illness.

He should be fine in a day or two. Matt Carpenter has moved over from second to first base and Kolten Wong entered the lineup at second.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 04:40:00 PM

Brandon Moss stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with three RBI in the Cardinals' win over the Astros.

Moss smacked a single in the Cardinals' three-run third inning and then launched a massive three-run shot off lefty reliever Tony Sipp in the top of the seventh. The 32-year-old slugger has nine hits, four home runs, and seven RBI over his last six games and he boasts a .924 OPS, 22 home runs, and 54 RBI in 90 total games for the year. St. Louis acquired Moss from Cleveland last summer for Rob Kaminsky, who's sitting on an underwhelming 3.50 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 78/40 K/BB ratio through 110 2/3 innings this season at Double-A Akron. Another gem of a deal for GM John Mozeliak.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with a home run in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

Moss hit the dong, a solo shot in the sixth inning, off Cubs starter Jon Lester, the first homer he's hit off a southpaw this season. It was his 19th overall, giving him 48 RBI and 46 runs scored. Moss has posted a .262/.342/.565 line through 85 games and stands to get paid handsomely as part of a thin free agent class this winter.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 12:25:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Brayan Peña
4Cameron Gallagher
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Samir Duenez
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Whit Merrifield
3Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Hunter Dozier
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Billy Burns
3Terrance Gore
RF1Jorge Soler
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
3Peter O'Brien
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Travis Wood
7Mike Minor
8Jake Junis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Matt Strahm
4Brian Flynn
5Chris Young
6Scott Alexander
7Kevin McCarthy
8Andrew Edwards
9Bobby Parnell
10Chris Withrow
11Al Alburquerque
12Brandon League
13Jonathan Sanchez