From John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group …
The A’s are talking with the Indians in a deal Cleveland hopes will land them first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss.
A source close to the A’s said no deal was imminent, but it’s possible something could happen by the end of the week.
Yet another sign that the A’s are trying to get younger and cheaper this winter. Moss struggled in the second half of the 2014 season due to a hip injury that required October surgery, but the 31-year-old owns an impressive .844 OPS (135 OPS+) in 376 games since the beginning of 2012. He’s hit 21-plus homers in three straight years — not an easy task in Oakland.
Moss, 31, is arbitration-eligible for the second time. He made a $4.1 million salary in 2014.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.