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.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.