The Oakland A’s acquired first baseman Brandon Moss and lefthanded reliever Ryan Buchter from the Kansas City Royals for righthanded pitcher Jesse Hahn and minor league pitcher Heath Fillmyer. Moss, 34, is in the second year of a 2 year, $12 million deal he signed prior to the 2017 season with the Royals, while Buchter, who turns 31 next month, put up a 2.89 ERA in 2017 while splitting the season between the Padres and the Royals.
Hahn, 28, is the primary piece coming back to Kansas City in this deal. He was acquired by the A’s in December, 2014, as part of the return in the Derek Norris trade, but has struggled mightily the past two seasons.
However, from the Royals’ perspective, this may be a precursor to a bigger move. Moss was the only experienced first baseman on the Royals’ roster, and moving him saves the Royals a decent chunk of change. They’ve been, along with the San Diego Padres, the primary suitors for Eric Hosmer this offseason. Its possible that this move is the Royals setting the stage to bring back Hosmer on a long-term deal.
Or it could be a minor trade that means nothing. Either way.