UPDATE: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that there should be a resolution between the A’s and Indians “one way or the other” on Friday.
As for a possible return for Oakland, they reportedly like prospect second baseman Joey Wendle. The 24-year-old batted .253/.311/.414 with eight home runs and 50 RBI over 87 games this past season in Double-A.
7:01 p.m. ET: John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reported last night that the Athletics were talking to the Indians about a Brandon Moss deal. Here’s the latest on the situation, courtesy of Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer…
The Athletics have already traded Josh Donaldson and it’s beginning to sound like a foregone conclusion that Moss will follow him out the door, whether it’s through a deal with the Indians or not. The 31-year-old is projected to make around $7 million via the arbitration process next season.
Acquiring Moss could spell the end of Swisher’s time in Cleveland, but finding a match might not be easy. The 34-year-old is coming off surgery on both knees and is owed $15 million in each of the next two seasons, so the Indians would likely have to eat a chunk of the contract in order to get a deal done.