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Athletics release Brandon Moss

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The Oakland Athletics have released Brandon Moss. Moss was designated for assignment on Sunday to make room for reliever Jairo Labourt, who the A’s claimed off waivers from the Reds.

Moss hit a mere .207/.279/.428 with 22 home runs and a .707 OPS in 401 plate appearances for the Royals last year. The Athletics acquired him in a trade in January. He’s owed $7.25 million this season with each club picking up a portion of that. If he signs elsewhere he’ll only need to be paid the league minimum, which will offset the A’s and Royals’ obligation.

Moss, 34, has said that he’ll retire if he’s unable to find a major league contract.