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Report: Brandon Moss close to deal with Royals

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Free agent first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss is close to signing a two-year, $12 million deal with the Royals, per ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported the terms of the contract and adds that the deal is pending a physical, which appears to be scheduled for this week. The team has yet to confirm the acquisition.

Moss, 33, finished a two-year track with the Cardinals in 2016, batting .225/.300/.484 with 28 home runs and a .784 OPS. His power surge during the first half of the season (.256/.344/.566 with 17 homers in 250 PA) seemed to encourage extension talks with the club, but after an untimely slump in September, the Cardinals declined to extend a qualifying offer.

While the veteran slugger split time between first base and the corner outfield spots in St. Louis, he’s expected to see significant time as a left-handed DH option for Kansas City in 2017, as they already have viable starters in first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielders Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.