Indians complete trade with A's for Brandon Moss
Moss, 31, was an All Star last season and hit .234 with 25 homers, 81 RBI and .772 OPS in 147 games with the Athletics. Over the last three seasons with the Athletics he has hit .254 with 76 homers, 220 RBI and .844 OPS, and had a 135 wRC+ and .250 isolated power. While he is a left-handed hitter he done well against right-handed pitching (.248 AVG, .801 OPS) and held his own against left-handed pitchers over his career (.248 AVG, .723 OPS).
Moss had a great first half last season hitting .268 with 21 homers, 66 RBI and .878 OPS in the first half but struggled in the second half hitting .171 with 4 homers, 15 RBI and .584 OPS. He struggled with a hip injury in the second which hindered his performance and had offseason surgery to correct the issue. He has experience at both first base and in left and right field, so he should play one of those three positions along with designated hitter next season. He is also under club control through the 2016 season and is projected to earn around $7 million in arbitration this winter.
Wendle, 24, hit .253 with 8 homers, 50 RBI and .725 OPS in 87 games at Double-A Akron last season. He missed several weeks in the middle of the season because of a hand injury and was never really the same when he returned to the lineup. His big breakout came in 2013 when he hit .295 with 16 homers, 64 RBI and .885 OPS in 107 games at High-A Carolina.
Swisher for Kemp would be interesting. But without a DH and they already have Adrian, I don't think it will be a good match. And there seems to be talk of concrete interest for Kemp.
A stop gap until Pederson is ready, and to maintain OF depth for other trades. Their primary concern could be clearing up salary and roster spots. Adding back Bourn would allow them to still deal Either and / or Van Slyke AND Kemp. Bourn is only under contract for another two yrs. Just saying, they might be open to it....it's a sellers mkt, there's more clubs looking for talent than talent that's readily available.
While I like Wendle a lot I do recognize that I have severe prospectitis and not everyone can make it to the bigs wearing a C on their uni. And looking at it as most objectively as I can, while I thought of Wendle as a Jeff Kemp possible; really on the top end he projects to be Jason Kipnis without speed and on the low end as Cord Phelps. Plus coming off hamate bone injury that often limits players coming back from it and the other, higher priority options blocking him in this system, I believe the Indians sold at the best price possible for him.
Even with very legitimate concerns about Moss in regard to his hip surgery which in my mind makes him very much a gamble, I still think giving up Wendle in exchange for that risk is well worthwhile. And if Moss does perform, in this ballpark, even if just for 2 years, he is a great get by this front office. My guess is the delay in consummating this transaction was due to the Indians doing their due dilgance with their medical staff to feel confident enough in the state of his recovery to sign off on it. While reassuring to some degree, it still is a shaky proposition as others have pointed out.
I don't think anyone can begrudge this trade but do keep in mind that this isn't so much a Tribe front office coup as it is a suitor in Beane coming to us and identifying who he wanted in exchange for what he was willing to give up. Much like the Donaldson trade, these were seller driven transactions.
It'll be interesting to see how all this shakes out, both near term with the 40 man roster (Maronde is my most likely, followed by Price if they don't do a follow up trade within the allotted time) and long term with the roster make up.
In the end, a lot of risk that this trade could be a bust and added financial burden but an exciting pick up well worth the gamble.
According to the LA Times, the Dodgers are shopping Kemp to the AL, will pay half of his contract, but want some near MLB-ready prospect(s) in return. That doesn't sound like Bourn and Swish, at all.
I think Murphy is the one the Tribe will end up moving, but don't rule out the possibility of a Bourn trade.
Maybe the Tribe could send Swisher or Bourn in a pkg to the Dodgers for Kemp and some cash.
I would guess the Indians would have interest in Van Slyke. There are rumors they interest in Alex Rios and Justin Upton.
I think trading Murphy is a reasonable possibility. Who are the suitors?
Baltimore and Texas stand out.
Id want Ryan Rua or Marcos Diplan from Texas. Id want Zach Davies, Tyler Wilson, Jon Keller, or O. Peralta from the Orioles.
If it's a prospect, most probably one of Price, Maronde,Brewer or Holt
He might only be a two year rental, but, won't some minor league hitters be available to step up in 2017?
So, shopping list is now a right handed power hitter, a starter and reliever.