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Athletics release Brandon Moss


The Oakland Athletics have released Brandon Moss. Moss was designated for assignment on Sunday to make room for reliever Jairo Labourt, who the A’s claimed off waivers from the Reds.

Moss hit a mere .207/.279/.428 with 22 home runs and a .707 OPS in 401 plate appearances for the Royals last year. The Athletics acquired him in a trade in January. He’s owed $7.25 million this season with each club picking up a portion of that. If he signs elsewhere he’ll only need to be paid the league minimum, which will offset the A’s and Royals’ obligation.

Moss, 34, has said that he’ll retire if he’s unable to find a major league contract.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.