UPDATE: Jeff Passan reports that the deal is done. Moss has been traded from the A’s to the Indians for infielder Joe Wendle. Who turns 25 in April, has never been above Double-A and is already a 2B/DH, which doesn’t bode well for his long term chances, but there you go.
12:21 PM: It was big talk for a few days, then sort of died, but Buster Olney says that a trade between the Indians and the A’s involving Brandon Moss is “on the verge: of going down.
The A’s are reportedly targeting a young middle infielder in the deal, and if the Indians get Moss, you have to figure that Nick Swisher’s days in Cleveland are over.
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.
After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.
Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:
In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?