Indians, A’s discussing Brandon Moss trade

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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.