SAN DIEGO -- The A’s wasted little time making news on the first day of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, announcing this morning they have traded Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians for minor league infielder Joey Wendle.
Moss hit 76 home runs over the past three seasons for the A’s while shuffling between first base, designated hitter and the outfield. He was an American League All-Star last season while batting .234 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs in 147 games.
Wendle, 24, has not played above Double-A, where he batted .253 with eight homers and 50 RBIs in 87 games last season at Double-A Akron. Wendle is a left-handed hitter who has played primarily second base in the Indians’ organization. He was a sixth-round draft pick by Cleveland in 2012.
Wendle played in just 93 total games last season while missing time with a broken bone in his right hand. Moss batted .173 with four homers after the All Star Break last season and underwent right hip surgery after the season ended.
The middle of the A’s order will look significantly different next season than at the start of the 2014 campaign. In the last few months, the A’s have also traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Jon Lester -- now a free agent -- and sent Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a four-player package.
Moss, Donaldson and Cespedes combined to hit 71 of the A’s 146 home runs last season (49 percent) and drive in 246 of their 686 RBIs (36 percent) despite Cespedes not being on the team for the full season.