The Kansas City Royals have traded Brandon Moss their designated hitter and southpaw pitcher Ryan Buchter to the Oakland Athletics for right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Jesse Hahn. The Royals received financial relief with the trade.
Moss was due to earn $8.25 million in 2018, and Kansas City sent just $3.25 million as part of deal to the A’s. That equals about $5 million in savings for the Royals, who are trying to cut payroll and could use it for signing Eric Hosmer to a free agent deal for the long-term.
Moss hit just .207 with 22 home runs and 50 runs batted in last season for Kansas City, and was one of the players whose name was floated around of recent as possibly starting at first base for the team as spring training approaches.
However, the Royals have attempted to woo Hosmer and reportedly have offered the first baseman a $140 million deal over seven years. That size deal would make it tough to at the same time cut payroll which is the hope of general manager Dayton Moore, unless he can cut financial obligations in other areas.
Moore said that this offseason has been very unique and unlike any he has been a part of. The club, says Moore, remains interested in Hosmer and others but at this point it is important to continue being patient and not become overanxious and see what happens.
The Royals earlier on Monday announced they signed Alcides Escobar a shortstop, and another core free agent, to a one year $2.5 million deal with performance bonuses of $1.5 million.
Last week Moore said that the organization needed to get its payroll in check and that it is not acceptable to have such high payroll in its market, if you want to operate a team that is thriving and healthy over the long term.
Hahn was 3-6 with an ERA of 5.30 in his 13 starts at Oakland in 2017, and will compete for a starting rotation spot with the Royals. Fillmyer played in Double-A ball last season going 11-5 with an ERA of 3.49.
Buchter was 1-0 with an ERA of 2.67 in 29 appearances with the Royals, after being traded in July with Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill from the San Diego Padres where he had been 3-3 with an ERA of 3.05.
Moss can attempt to reset his career with the Athletics. The first baseman and sometimes outfielder, who is 34, signed with Kansas City after a poor season in 2016 with St. Louis.