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Report: Brandon Moss close to deal with Royals

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Free agent first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss is close to signing a two-year, $12 million deal with the Royals, per ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported the terms of the contract and adds that the deal is pending a physical, which appears to be scheduled for this week. The team has yet to confirm the acquisition.

Moss, 33, finished a two-year track with the Cardinals in 2016, batting .225/.300/.484 with 28 home runs and a .784 OPS. His power surge during the first half of the season (.256/.344/.566 with 17 homers in 250 PA) seemed to encourage extension talks with the club, but after an untimely slump in September, the Cardinals declined to extend a qualifying offer.

While the veteran slugger split time between first base and the corner outfield spots in St. Louis, he’s expected to see significant time as a left-handed DH option for Kansas City in 2017, as they already have viable starters in first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielders Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”