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Brandon Moss | Designated Hitter | #37

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 8 (0) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon Moss finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk on Monday versus the A's.
Moss had an excellent spring training, but he's batting .063 with a .536 OPS through five regular-season games. Kansas City mustered just three hits (and zero runs) Monday in its home opener at Kauffman Stadium. Apr 10 - 7:12 PM

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Brandon Moss is back in the Royals' lineup Thursday in the designated hitter spot.

Moss was on the bench Wednesday with the Twins throwing left-hander Hector Santiago. Manager Ned Yost is going back to his Opening Day lineup on Thursday.
Apr 6 - 10:36 AM

Brandon Moss went 2-for-3 with his fourth home run of the spring Tuesday in the Royals' 7-4 Cactus League win over the White Sox.

The solo homer was a no-doubter off Chris Volstad in the bottom of the fourth inning. Moss is batting .302 with a .949 OPS this year in the Cactus League as he prepares himself to serve as Kansas City's primary designated hitter. The veteran slugger signed a two-year, $12 million free agent contract with the Royals in late January.
Mar 28 - 7:03 PM

Brandon Moss finished 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the Royals' 8-7 Cactus League win over the Angels on Sunday.

Moss took J.C. Ramirez yard in the fourth inning and also added two singles. He is projected to serve as the Royals' primary designated hitter in 2017 after signing a two-year, $12 million free agent contract in late January. The veteran slugger has some deep-league fantasy appeal.
Mar 26 - 7:41 PM

Brandon Moss went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

Moss was dealing with lower back stiffness early in March, but it looks like he is past that, now. He connected for a three-run home run off Bryan Shaw in the seventh inning of Saturday's contest. Power is the name of his game, as Moss has socked at least 20 home runs in each of his last five seasons. During the 2016 campaign, he hit 28 of them for the Cardinals.
Mar 11 - 7:07 PM

Brandon Moss was scratched from a Cactus League game on Saturday due to stiffness in his lower back.

He's listed as day-to-day. The injury sounds like simply the normal aches and pains of spring training, but is still worth monitoring going forward. Moss should hit in the middle of the Royals' lineup this season and looks like a nice power option that can be had in the late rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 4 - 3:27 PM

Brandon Moss is batting sixth in his Cactus League debut with the Royals on Saturday against the Rangers.

It looks as though Mike Moustakas is the lone projected regular that isn't in Saturday's lineup, so this could be a close approximation to the Opening Day lineup. Obviously, the closer Moss is to the middle of the lineup, the better his fantasy outlook becomes. Alex Gordon is slotted in the second spot on Saturday.
Feb 25 - 10:08 AM

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

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, 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.
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.
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.
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

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Brian Flynn