Brandon Moss has played through torn hip cartilage, will need offseason surgery

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A’s first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss has slumped badly in the second half, hitting just .179 with 63 strikeouts in 54 games, and he revealed to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s been playing through a “bone-on-bone” hip injury for most of the year.

Moss sat out Wednesday’s game after getting a cortisone injection and says he’ll need to undergo offseason surgery to repair torn cartilage because “the shot should help me get through the rest of the season, but it won’t fix it.”

Moss was a fantastic scrap-heap pickup for the A’s in 2012 and 2013, hitting a combined .269 with 51 homers and an .894 OPS in 229 games, and he posted similar numbers in the first half. Playing through the injury has proven to be a horrible decision, as is usually the case.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.