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Royals trade Brandon Moss and Ryan Buchter to the Athletics

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Update (9:15 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the A’s “will try to find a taker for Moss.” Which, um, awkward.

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Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have traded 1B/DH Brandon Moss and reliever Ryan Buchter to the Athletics in exchange for pitcher Jesse Hahn and minor league pitcher Heath Fillmyer. The Royals are also sending $3.25 million to the Athletics, per MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan.

Moss, 34, hit .207/.279/.428 with 22 home runs and 50 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Royals last season. The Athletics are already well set up at any position Moss would play — Khris Davis at DH, Matt Olson at first base, Matt Joyce and Stephen Piscotty in the corner outfield — so Moss appears to be in line for a bench role.

Buchter, 30, compiled an aggregate 2.89 ERA with a 65/26 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings. The left-hander is under team control through 2021, so he figures to be a mainstay in the Athletics’ bullpen for at least a little while. There’s a very good chance the A’s end up trading him before he hits free agency.

Hahn, 28, struggled over the last two seasons, finishing with a 6.02 ERA in nine starts in 2016 and a 5.30 ERA in 13 starts and one relief appearance last year. He is also under team control through 2021, so the Royals are getting a pitcher who can contribute out of the rotation or out of the bullpen relatively cheaply.

Fillmyer, 23, was selected by the Athletics in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. MLB Pipeline listed him as the club’s 18th-best prospect. Last season, with Double-A Midland, he put up a 3.49 ERA with a 115/51 K/BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings. Fillmyer projects to be a back end starting pitcher once he reaches the big leagues.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”