Moss cleared waivers and was released Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Moss was designated for assignment after the A's claimed reliever Jairo Labourt off waivers. This could be the end of the 34-year-old's major-league career, as he stated previously that he may retire if not offered another major-league contract. If he does retire, he'll be closing the book on an 11-year career in which he hit .237/.314/.452 with 160 home runs.
Moss was designated for assignment Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
There had been rumblings this season about the Athletics potentially attempting to trade Moss to another team following his January acquisition, but this suggests the trade market was cold on the utility man. He hit a horrendous .207 in 2017 and has never really came close to surpassing the .300 mark in his MLB career. Moss will now be subject to waivers, but the level of interest in the 34-year-old appears murky. If he clears waivers, he can opt to remain in Oakland, but with his position blocked by the likes of Matt Olson and Khris Davis, this doesn't seem likely.
Moss, who the Athletics acquired from the Royals on Monday, could be traded elsewhere, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
With first base earmarked for Matt Olson (hamstring) and Khris Davis in line to serve as the team's primary designated hitter, Oakland doesn't have much use for Moss, who lacks defensive utility and is owed $7.25 million in 2018. Given that Moss is coming off a season in which he slashed a woeful .207/.279/.428, it's unlikely that there will be much demand for his services from other teams.
Moss was traded to the A's from the Royals on Monday along with Ryan Buchter in exchange for Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Coming off a down season in which he hit .207/.279/.428, Moss will return to Oakland, where he spent three seasons earlier in his career. While his average fell for the fourth straight year, Moss managed to retain his power and hit 22 home runs over 118 games, marking the fifth time over the last six seasons that he's hit at least 20. Should Moss see regular time at the DH spot with Oakland, he could be an inexpensive source of power to prospective owners.
Moss isn't in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Moss had a tough time at the plate Saturday as he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He'll head to the bench for the season finale while Melky Cabrera occupies the designated hitter spot. The 34-year-old regressed this year and hit to the tune of a .208/.238/.431 line, down from the .225/.300/.484 line he turned in over the 2016 season.
Moss is out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale against Detroit, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Moss will take a seat on the bench after going 0-for-4 during Wednesday's contest. In his place, Lorenzo Cain takes a day off from the field and slides into the DH spot while batting second in the order.
Moss is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Moss will head to the bench for a second straight game as Lorenzo Cain takes over DH duties in his place. Manager Ned Yost has been deploying position players as his designated hitter recently to give them a game off their feet, so Moss could lose out on a few starts in the final week if that trend continues.
Moss is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Moss had a solid game Saturday as he went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. He'll get the day off while Mike Moustakas moves to designated hitter Sunday.
Moss is out of the lineup against the Blue Jays on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Moss retreats to the bench for the second day in a row with left-hander J.A. Happ taking the mound for Toronto. In his place, Jorge Bonifacio will draw another start at the DH spot.
Moss is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
This comes as no surprise given that a lefty (Brett Anderson) is toeing the rubber for the opposition. Moss has logged just 62 at-bats against lefties this season. Jorge Bonifacio will serve as the designated hitter in Moss's absence.
Moss went 2-for-2 with a grand slam and walked once in Tuesday's victory over the White Sox.
The slugger's first-inning pop with the bases juiced proved to be the winning hit in the Royals' 4-3 victory. Moss has now homered in three straight games, going 6-for-9 and racking up nine RBI during that stretch.
Moss went 2-for-4 with a double, a three-run home run and four RBI during Sunday's win over Minnesota.
This was Moss's first multi-hit game since Aug. 24, and he posted an ugly .107/.167/.214 slash line during that 10-game stretch. The veteran has provided owners with 19 homers, but his 40 RBI, 36 runs and .201 average aren't moving the fantasy needle in many settings.
Moss is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, 610 Sports Radio - KC reports.
Moss will stay on the bench for the third consecutive contest while Lorenzo Cain gets the start as the DH during Friday's game. The 33-year-old is currently in a mini-slump, hitting just .125/.192/.250 during his last nine appearances.
Moss is not in the lineup against the Twins on Thursday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Moss will occupy a seat on the bench for the second straight game following four consecutive starts. In his place, Mike Moustakas slides over to DH for the series opener while Ramon Torres draws a start at the hot corner.
Moss is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers.
Moss has endured a rough stretch at the plate. Over his last eight games he's gone 3-for-24 (.125) and now has a .199 batting average for the season. With Moss out of the lineup, Jorge Bonifacio will hit seventh and serve as the Royals' designated hitter.
Moss will serve as the Royals' designated hitter and bat eighth Sunday against the Twins, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
After hitting the bench in three consecutive contests last weekend, Moss has reemerged as a mainstay in the lineup, as he'll start Sunday for the fifth time in six games. However, Moss has only registered one hit in those previous five starts, sinking his average to .200 for the season. It may not take long before he starts ceding at-bats to the likes of Cheslor Cuthbert or Jorge Bonifacio, among other options.
Moss is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Moss will be withheld from the starting lineup for the third consecutive game as Mike Moustakas again lays claim to the designated hitter role. Moss is hitting just .196 over his 46 at-bats during the month of August (and .206 on the season), so he hasn't exactly proven that he should be an everyday presence in the Royals' starting nine.
Moss is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
With Mike Moustakas serving as the DH due to a knee ailment, Moss will head to the bench for the second straight game. The 33-year-old is putting together a disappointing year for his new club, slashing .206/.289/.433 with 17 homers in 90 games.
Moss is out of the lineup Friday against Cleveland, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Moss will retreat to the bench for the second time in the past three games, as Jorge Bonifacio draws another start at the DH position with the club facing southpaw Ryan Merritt. During Thursday's loss, Moss went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, and will likely be back in the lineup for Saturday's affair.
Moss is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Moss heads to the bench for the second time in the past three games following an 0-for-3 day at the plate during Tuesday's victory. Jorge Bonifacio will pick up a start at DH while batting seventh in the order.
|Minor League Batting Stats|
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|2012||AAA-Sacramento River Cat||51||196||32||56||11||1||15||33||22||40||4||0||.286||.370||.582|