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Birth Date9-16-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age35 years, 1 months, 3 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2.62014
0.22015
2.02016
-0.62017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 BOS 23 15 29 25 6 7 2 1 0 11 4 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 .280 .379 .440 .264 0.5 -0.7 -0.0
2008 BOS 24 34 86 78 7 23 5 1 2 36 6 25 0 2 0 11 1 1 .295 .337 .462 .274 2.7 0.7 0.3
2008 PIT 24 45 177 158 12 35 10 2 6 67 15 45 1 3 0 23 0 1 .222 .288 .424 .242 -1.3 4.3 0.3
2009 PIT 25 133 424 385 47 91 20 4 7 140 34 84 4 1 0 41 1 5 .236 .304 .364 .233 -8.8 4.2 -0.5
2010 PIT 26 17 27 26 2 4 1 0 0 5 1 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 .154 .185 .192 .112 -4.1 -0.3 -0.5
2011 PHI 27 5 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.061 -1.8 -0.1 -0.2
2012 OAK 28 84 296 265 48 77 18 0 21 158 26 90 3 2 0 52 1 1 .291 .358 .596 .335 25.4 -3.6 2.3
2013 OAK 29 145 505 446 73 114 23 3 30 233 50 140 6 3 0 87 4 2 .256 .337 .522 .328 36.9 -5.3 3.4
2014 OAK 30 147 580 500 70 117 23 2 25 219 67 153 10 3 81 1 0 .234 .334 .438 .290 25.2 -1.9 2.6
2015 CLE 31 94 375 337 36 73 17 1 15 137 32 106 3 3 0 50 0 0 .217 .288 .407 .244 -3.2 3.7 0.1
2015 SLN 31 51 151 132 11 33 7 1 4 54 17 42 2 0 0 8 0 1 .250 .344 .409 .271 2.1 -0.8 0.1
2016 SLN 32 128 464 413 66 93 19 2 28 200 39 141 7 5 0 67 1 0 .225 .300 .484 .279 16.2 3.7 2.0
2017 KCA 33 118 401 362 41 75 14 0 22 155 37 128 0 2 0 50 2 0 .207 .279 .428 .240 -4.4 -1.4 -0.6
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 LOW A- 65 252 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AUG A 109 490 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .388 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAR A+ 23 91 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PME AA 135 568 .318 .259 .323 .397 .261 .331 98 12.9 5.9 -2.3 -0.2 -0.2 16.3 1.6 16.3 1.6
2006 PME AA 133 573 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 BOS MLB 15 29 .264 .263 .344 .407 .261 .368 101 0.1 0.9 -0.2 -0.7 -0.3 0.5 -0.0 0.5 -0.0
2007 PAW AAA 133 559 .287 .267 .336 .404 .263 .374 93 16.4 16.3 -5.5 -3.9 0.9 28.1 2.3 28.1 2.3
2008 BOS MLB 34 86 .274 .261 .331 .401 .259 .396 109 1.3 2.5 -0.8 0.7 -0.3 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2008 PIT MLB 45 177 .242 .257 .325 .408 .258 .264 100 -3.4 5.1 -1.5 4.3 -1.5 -1.3 0.3 -1.3 0.3
2008 PAW AAA 43 182 .308 .267 .332 .417 .267 .352 90 9.9 5.6 -3.4 -2.4 -0.1 12.0 0.9 12.0 0.9
2009 PIT MLB 133 424 .233 .259 .328 .409 .261 .285 96 -12.2 12.2 -3.8 4.2 -5.0 -8.8 -0.5 -8.8 -0.5
2010 PIT MLB 17 27 .112 .278 .343 .447 .284 .200 90 -4.1 0.7 -0.1 -0.3 -0.6 -4.1 -0.5 -4.1 -0.5
2010 IND AAA 136 556 .262 .263 .332 .412 .254 .305 104 1.1 16.8 -6.4 -9.1 -2.9 8.8 -0.0 8.8 -0.0
2011 PHI MLB 5 6 -.061 .185 .251 .294 .207 .000 89 -1.9 0.2 0 -0.1 0.0 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2011 LEH AAA 124 506 .309 .258 .326 .400 .254 .334 91 29.2 15.7 -4.7 15.3 2.6 42.7 5.5 42.7 5.5
2012 OAK MLB 84 296 .335 .255 .314 .407 .260 .359 97 21.9 8.1 -4.3 -3.6 -0.3 25.4 2.3 25.4 2.3
2012 SAC AAA 51 224 .322 .293 .357 .454 .278 .289 96 15.6 6.7 -3.1 -0.9 -0.6 18.6 1.8 18.6 1.8
2013 OAK MLB 145 505 .328 .254 .318 .401 .266 .301 94 32.8 13.3 -7.3 -5.3 -1.9 36.9 3.4 36.9 3.4
2014 OAK MLB 147 580 .290 .251 .312 .390 .263 .283 95 16.3 15.0 -6.7 -1.9 0.7 25.2 2.6 25.2 2.6
2015 CLE MLB 94 375 .244 .256 .317 .407 .260 .265 105 -5.7 10.1 -4.1 3.7 -3.4 -3.2 0.1 -3.2 0.1
2015 SLN MLB 51 151 .271 .252 .316 .406 .265 .337 97 1.6 4.1 -2 -0.8 -1.7 2.1 0.1 2.1 0.1
2016 SLN MLB 128 464 .279 .256 .321 .425 .269 .261 96 8.8 13.1 -5.4 3.7 -0.3 16.2 2.0 16.2 2.0
2016 SFD AA 3 10 .127 .254 .304 .392 .262 .000 101 -1.3 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2017 KCA MLB 118 401 .240 .259 .324 .432 .259 .248 105 -8.4 11.7 -7.1 -1.4 -0.7 -4.4 -0.6 -4.4 -0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 LOW A- 252 29 54 15 4 7 34 15 53 7 5 .237 .296 .430 .193 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AUG A 490 66 147 25 6 13 101 46 75 19 8 .339 .408 .515 .176 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAR A+ 91 16 35 2 1 2 10 7 15 2 0 .422 .467 .542 .120 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PME AA 568 87 135 31 4 16 61 53 129 6 3 .268 .341 .441 .173 .318 16.3 -0.2 1.6
2006 PME AA 573 76 145 36 3 12 83 56 108 8 5 .285 .359 .439 .154 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 BOS MLB 29 6 7 2 1 0 1 4 6 0 0 .280 .379 .440 .160 .264 0.5 -0.7 -0.0
2007 PAW AAA 559 66 139 41 2 16 78 61 148 3 5 .282 .364 .471 .189 .287 28.1 -3.9 2.3
2008 PAW AAA 182 29 46 8 4 8 30 16 47 2 0 .282 .350 .528 .245 .308 12.0 -2.4 0.9
2008 PIT MLB 177 12 35 10 2 6 23 15 45 0 1 .222 .288 .424 .203 .242 -1.3 4.3 0.3
2008 BOS MLB 86 7 23 5 1 2 11 6 25 1 1 .295 .337 .462 .167 .274 2.7 0.7 0.3
2009 PIT MLB 424 47 91 20 4 7 41 34 84 1 5 .236 .304 .364 .127 .233 -8.8 4.2 -0.5
2010 IND AAA 556 73 133 32 2 22 96 42 118 12 7 .266 .329 .470 .204 .262 8.8 -9.1 -0.0
2010 PIT MLB 27 2 4 1 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 .154 .185 .192 .038 .112 -4.1 -0.3 -0.5
2011 LEH AAA 506 66 120 31 1 23 80 62 127 4 6 .275 .368 .509 .234 .309 42.7 15.3 5.5
2011 PHI MLB 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.061 -1.8 -0.1 -0.2
2012 SAC AAA 224 32 56 11 1 15 33 22 40 4 0 .286 .371 .582 .296 .322 18.6 -0.9 1.8
2012 OAK MLB 296 48 77 18 0 21 52 26 90 1 1 .291 .358 .596 .306 .335 25.4 -3.6 2.3
2013 OAK MLB 505 73 114 23 3 30 87 50 140 4 2 .256 .337 .522 .267 .328 36.9 -5.3 3.4
2014 OAK MLB 580 70 117 23 2 25 81 67 153 1 0 .234 .334 .438 .204 .290 25.2 -1.9 2.6
2015 SLN MLB 151 11 33 7 1 4 8 17 42 0 1 .250 .344 .409 .159 .271 2.1 -0.8 0.1
2015 CLE MLB 375 36 73 17 1 15 50 32 106 0 0 .217 .288 .407 .190 .244 -3.2 3.7 0.1
2016 SLN MLB 464 66 93 19 2 28 67 39 141 1 0 .225 .300 .484 .259 .279 16.2 3.7 2.0
2016 SFD AA 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .100 .000 .000 .127 -1.2 -0.1 -0.1
2017 KCA MLB 401 41 75 14 0 22 50 37 128 2 0 .207 .279 .428 .221 .240 -4.4 -1.4 -0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 993 0.4673 0.4824 0.7182 0.6875 0.3025 0.8307 0.4938 0.2818 387 0.000441
2009 1566 0.4796 0.5019 0.7634 0.7190 0.3018 0.8593 0.5528 0.2366 610 -0.004141
2010 98 0.5816 0.5204 0.7843 0.6842 0.2927 0.7949 0.7500 0.2157 36 -0.000818
2011 18 0.4444 0.6667 0.5833 0.8750 0.5000 0.5714 0.6000 0.4167 5 0.000632
2012 1176 0.4643 0.5060 0.6538 0.7015 0.3365 0.7441 0.4906 0.3462 469 -0.005075
2013 2004 0.4401 0.4985 0.6857 0.7086 0.3333 0.8032 0.4893 0.3143 751 -0.006217
2014 2325 0.4714 0.4688 0.7147 0.6743 0.2856 0.8390 0.4530 0.2853 951 -0.005342
2015 2030 0.4788 0.4961 0.7041 0.6893 0.3185 0.8104 0.4926 0.2959 863 -0.002482
2016 1809 0.4655 0.5102 0.6468 0.6971 0.3475 0.7734 0.4256 0.3532 0 0.000000
2017 1649 0.4809 0.4803 0.6439 0.6709 0.3037 0.7481 0.4308 0.3561 0 0.000000
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-24 2014-09-24 DTD 0 0 Left Hip Tear Cartilage -
2014-07-05 2014-07-07 DTD 2 2 Left Ankle Sprain -
2014-05-31 2014-06-03 DTD 3 2 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-03-07 2009-03-18 Camp 11 0 Right Thumb Sprain Mild -
2008-10-03 2008-10-03 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Osteochondral Defect 2008-10-03
2008-09-22 2008-09-29 DTD 7 6 Left Knee Soreness Osteochondral Defect -
2008-08-18 2008-08-20 DTD 2 2 Left Ankle Sprain -
2008-05-03 2008-05-23 15-DL 20 19 Right Abdomen Surgery Appendix 2008-05-04

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 OAK $1,000,000
2018 OAK $4,000,000
2018 KCA $3,250,000
2017 KCA $3,750,000
2016 SLN $8,250,000
2015 CLE $6,500,000
2014 OAK $4,100,000
2013 OAK $1,600,000
2009 PIT $414,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$24,614,500
2018Current$7,250,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$31,864,500
1 yrFuture$1,000,000
10 yrTotal$32,864,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 160 dACES2 years/$12M (2017-18)

Details
  • 2 years/$12M (2017-18). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/17. 17:$3.75M, 18:$7.25M, 19:$10M mutual option ($1M buyout). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 275, 300, 325, 350, 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, 500 plate appearances. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Kansas City 1/29/18, with Royals paying Athletics $3.25M as part of the deal. DFA by Oakland 3/4/18. Released 3/6/18.
  • 1 year/$8.25M (2016). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$6.5M (2015). Signed by Cleveland 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by St. Louis in trade from Cleveland 7/30/15 with $2,344,262 remaining on contract.
  • 1 year/$4.1M (2014). Re-signed by Oakland 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Award bonuses, including $50,000 for All-Star selection. Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Oakland 12/8/14.
  • 1 year/$1.6M (2013). Re-signed by Oakland as a free agent 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/1/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Oakland 6/6/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Philadelphia for 2011 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 9/17/11. Sent outright to Triple-A by Philadelphia 10/17/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/10. DFA by Pittsburgh 3/29/10. Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 9/8/10. Sent outright to Triple-A by Pittsburgh 11/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4145M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/3/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Boston 3/6/08. Acquired in trade from Boston 7/31/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Boston 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Boston 11/05. Re-signed 2/06.
  • Drafted by Boston 2002 (8-238) (Loganville HS, Ga.).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .238 .308 .388 .250
11 vs R (Multi) .227 .310 .486 .286
18 Split (Multi) -.011 .003 .097 .035
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .232 .289 .375 .241
31 vs R (2016) .223 .303 .525 .292
38 Split (2016) -.010 .014 .150 .051
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-07-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What would you do if you were running a team like the Royals or Twins, who are technically contending but don't look like the raw talent favorites to win their races? Buy aggressively to improve your odds or not waste resources? How does that decision swing if you're the Royals (last gasp) or the Twins (beginning of contention cycle)?
(jfegan from Chicago)
If I were the Royals I'd definitely try to go for it this year. As you indicated, they have a ton of free agents leaving after this season and they already drained their farm system completely supporting their World Series run (and whiffing hideously on Top Ten draft picks).

They also have a bunch of dudes with an OPS below .600 (Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, Brandon Moss, etc.) so even a modest acquisition could represent a significant upgrade. They're going to be bad for a long time anyway, and they're like a game out of the Wild Card. Might as well go for it.

The Twins pitching is really, really bad and they don't have much help on the way. I think if I were running the Twins I'd hope they lose like 7 in a row so I have cover to deal Ervin Santana. (Nick Schaefer)
2016-09-23 12:30:00 (link to chat)I would love to see this discussed further in an article or on the podcast but for once I'm actually sitting down to write this. I know in your book Ben and you lamented about how you provided all this data to your players with the hopes they would use it to their benefit and to your knowledge no one really did. Last month Derrick Goold wrote a column about Brandon Moss prepare to provide Randal Grichuk with some analytic data about his performance before a demotion. Baseball analytics have seemed to infiltrated the front office to analyze players worth but is there any evidence of this data being used to help develop or improve their players? Do you think things like this is what separates a major leaguer from a minor/independent league player?
(Brenden from Raleigh, NC)
I think analytic data is being used well in player development. But the truth is that most of us aren't great at incorporating performance data into our lives. I, for instance, have access to performance data on my writing--traffic, for every article I've ever written. Do I use it to become a better writer? Nope! It's hard to blame players for having a lot on their mind. (Sam Miller)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)ROS who do you prefer- Brandon Moss, Chris Carter, Lucas Duda, or Ryan Zimmerman? I have Moss now and Zimmerman on DL (Moss would prob be the drop when Zimmerman is back). Worth making a move or just hold onto Moss?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I prefer Carter. The BA is low, but it will be low for all of those other guys, and I just don't trust Zimmerman ROS. If you kept Moss no one would blame you. In theory, Duda should have the most value but it's so hard to recommend pushing for him. He looks so bad right now. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Justin Turner the real deal? Do I keep him in my Roto league and drop Brandon Moss?
(Amazin from NY)
I don't think he's quite as elite an offensive player as he's behaving like right now, but he's made legitimate adjustments and turned himself into a really, really good hitter over the past season and a half. Moss is having a weird year where he's hitting lefties but not righties. I'd have no problem riding Turner for now over Moss. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of prospect would you trade Brandon Moss for? Points league.
(Quigley Q from The Moon)
Ugh, these questions are so hard. I'd try to give up a No. 3/4 fantasy starter prospect, since those guys are super fungible anyway. Sooooo, like, AJ Cole? Sean Manaea? (Ben Carsley)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)What should I do with Brandon Moss? Steven Souza and Kevin Kiermaier are on waivers. Should I drop Moss for one of them?
(childgrambino from Richmond, VA)
If you're going to drop Moss, go with Souza for the power/speed combo. Depends a lot on your categorical needs. Souza will be better all around, Moss's raw power will trump Souza. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)Same question as earlier, but the opposite - worst performer on their new team? Markakis?
(Dan from Bloomington)
I think Markakis might actually look better in Atlanta, provided some of their insane defensive numbers stem from an overzealous stringer.

Nelson Cruz is the most obvious pick. Edinson Volquez, too-I'm not convinced he made zero gains last season, but I'm reluctant to bet on him maintaining those numbers. I'd probably say Brandon Moss, too, based on the health concerns. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt, thanks for the chat. Can the Indians be this year's KC Royals?
(Jim from Cleveland)
They could be. If Brandon Moss can come back healthy that will be huge, but that's a big if right now. The Indians don't have the pitching the Royals did last season so more of their productivity compared to KC will likely have to come on offense which is why I think Moss's health is a big issue for Cleveland. (Matthew Kory)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Craig, do you think we've run into an issue where teams are overvaluing years of control when making deals? The A's dealt Samardijza and Moss for underwhelming returns, but the Dodgers shipped out Heaney for Kendrick. What gives?
(Chris from Seattle)
I do think years of control are playing a big part in the valuation of players, and I do think it's potentially being overvalued. I love Dee Gordon and he's a nice player, but getting more for four years of him than what a guy like Brandon Moss or Jeff Samardzija brought back strikes me as odd (and don't tell me Miguel Rojas was the key there). I know Dan Haren was in that mix as well, but I do think Gordon was the piece Miami focused on.

I know people are thinking that the prospect market is just pretty dry right now with teams wanting to hold on to what they have, and I don't doubt that's the case, but I am surprised a bit at some teams' willingness to give into that market and just sell for what's being offered, especially this early in the offseason. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Please pick a favorite baseball move of the offseason, based on any criteria you deem acceptable, or aesthetics.
(bgrosnick from Ann Arbor)
Hard for me to top Turner/Ross for Souza, but I'll put getting Brandon Moss for Joe Wendle up against anything. I like Joe Wendle a bit, but I'm a huge Moss fan, and pending the condition of his hip after surgery, think that's a big, big addition to Cleveland's lineup. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-12-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Donaldson had 4 years before free agency, and the A's got an adequate, injury prone replacement in Brett Lawrie, a pair of soft-tossers in Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, and an infielder who is years away from contributing in Franklin Barreto. Then they dealt Brandon Moss for a 24-year old second baseman who just got to Double-A in Joey Wendle. And before that, they signed DH Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Why sell off Donaldson and Moss for such paltry returns? Why bring in Butler if you're going to rebuild? What is Billy Beane doing?
(John from San Francisco)
I think, emphasize think, I could come up with explanations on each of these moves on their own. But combined, they really throw me for a loop. I'm struggling to come up with an answer that's not far-fetched... We've been programmed to trust Beane, but it looks like he went all in last summer, which I loved and now he realizes that if he doesn't try and get some long-term assets for his club, it could go down the tubes quickly. I get that thought process, I'm not sure I see these moves being the best execution. Adding Butler to the mix almost feels like they changed their minds as to how to approach the offseason a few weeks into the process. Perplexing... (Sahadev Sharma)
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)I'm reading a lot of comments that the Cespedes/Lester trade was a bad deal for Oakland. But I still think the Russell/Samardzija trade is the one that will haunt them. Your thoughts?
(Jim from St Paul)
A superficial (but still emotionally compelling) answer is: Lester pitched in a playoff game. There's a decent chance Samardzija never will, either because he's traded this offseason or because the A's don't quite have enough next year, sans a middle infield, a left fielder, a catcher who can be counted on defensively, a center fielder who can play even close to every day, etc. etc. etc. etc.

But more importantly, in the wake of the Cespedes/Lester trade, it became clear that Cespedes wasn't going to be in Oakland in 2015 no matter what. The question was what they could get back for him in the offseason vs. midyear 2014, and while the classic trade would have been to get prospects back for him, it's hardly unforgivable to instead take a two-month maybe-ace and add him to what was looking at the time like a real shot at a World Series trophy.

I'd hope it goes unsaid that all the bunk about how the Cespedes trade killed the A's offense is bunk. John Jaso's concussion and Brandon Moss' hip and Coco Crisp's neck and Stephen Vogt's foot, along with that unfortunate few weeks where both Jed Lowrie and Nick Punto were hurt at the same time all have a lot more to do with the A's regression in run-scoring than the mystical Cespedes and his magical protection abilities.

That said, if Jeff Samardzija pitches 2015 for the A's and pitches it as well as he did in 2014 for the A's (that 8:1 K:BB ratio is incredible) and Oakland gets back to the playoffs again despite looking for all the world like 2014 was the last gasp, then even that trade won't look quite so bad. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)What's wrong with Brandon Moss? Hitting .179/.304/.255 since the All Star break.
(Dave from Chicago)
Haven't seen enough of him over the past couple of weeks to say. Possible it's just a normal slump. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Which of these Mosses would you rather have; Randy, Kate or Brandon?
(Loren from Prague)
Probably the best question so far. They all provide REALLY REALLY REALLY different skill sets. Ranked, we're gonna go with what you said: Randy, Kate, and then Brandon. Brandon Moss is basically still a platoon guy, and I would not want to be the guy to tell Randy Moss he is is going to be part of a platoon. Kate Moss is definitely the most consistent of these three, especially when it comes to not being a professional athlete, but we're taking Randy for the upside. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which player do you consider, like tater tots, underrated?
(Theo Lee Reed from New York)
Brandon Moss is the tater tots of baseball (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think experts are trying to play it safe with Jose Abreu? I know Cuban pitchers aren't near the level of MLB pitchers, but Abreu put up absolutely insane numbers even when compared to Puig and Cespedes. I'd like to think his upside is massive.
(Brandon from Florida)
I think they're playing it safe because 1B is such a deep position that there's no need to assume so much risk. I've read some pretty conservative expectations for Abreu, so I get where you're coming from, but are we THAT convinced he'll be measurably better than Brandon Moss or Mike Napoli next year? That would only make him a fringe top-20 at first base. (Ben Carsley)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I have Carlos Quentin, Nick Markakis, Carlos Gomez, and Brandon Moss for 5 dollars each in a deep $325 32 roster spots league. Given several ?s such as health and building off breakout seasons, do you have any particular feelings on any of these players to produce to the level they have once or recently shown?
(Sal from Staten island)
Either way, those are great bargains in a deep league. Quentin is in the "best shape of his life" if you're a believer in that...I'd gladly take all 4 of those guys in a deep league like that. (Jason Collette)
2013-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)speaking of possible flukes, Brandon Moss - over/under 30 HRs.
(Chris from LA)
Under. Platooning him so strictly allows him to post a pretty triple-slash line, but it also cuts down on his counting stats. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Among the A's "surprise" breakouts (Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson's second half), who do you think has the best chance to maintain their performance in 2013?
(VeganRyan from Oakland, Ca)
Gotta go with Reddick. Elite-level tools, and still super young. I feel like both Moss and Donaldson could build on their 2012 performances, but Reddick is uniquely poised to bounce back from a poor year and really show people what he can do in his age-26 season. (Ian Miller)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Brandon Moss the second coming of Jose Bautista?
(Kyle from SD)
No (Jason Parks)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who do you have winning the Oakland 1B job: Chris Carter or Brandon Moss? If Carter wins it outright, can he hit 30-35 HR?
(Ervin from San Francisco)
I would like to believe Carter can finally break out and win the job. His power is tremendous, and he certainly has 30-homer potential, even with a low average and swing and miss issues. That said, he's going to have to flat out beat Moss in spring training, something I'm not willing to predict at this point. (Mark Anderson)
2012-09-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi. Do think Brandon Moss will continue to mash for a few years or will pitchers have solved him by June of next year?
(hotstatrat from Toronto)
hotstatrat, thanks for your question. He is one of the most improved players in the Majors this year, and I have been really impressed with his improvement in pitch recognition and driving the baseball in counts. He is a better player than I saw when he was a Red Sox or Pirate. It will be interesting to see how he responds after big league teams have a winter to review how they pitched him, because making adjustments is the key to sticking around for a long time as a successful Major Leaguer. (Dan Evans)
2012-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Brandon Moss manning Oakland's first base post for the rest of the season?
(hotstatrat from Fantasyland)
Maybe? He looked pretty awful at 1B in the Giants series. Honestly, I still want to see Chris Carter get a shot, but I'm probably the only one. (Ian Miller)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)In your Rule 5 Wrap you said Pittsburgh may be a perfect fit for John Raynor. If it comes down to Raynor vs. Brandon Moss for the 4th outfielder position, who do you like going forward?
(Joe from TN)
Raynor offers the speed and ability to play up the middle, but I don't think that costs Moss a job. I think it's Moss and Raynor for the 4th and 5th jobs. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)According to an MLB.com story: "(John Russell) suggested that the Pirates will start the season with Nyjer Morgan, Nate McLouth and Brandon Moss manning the outfield." Are you surprised that McCutcheon isn't in that equation, and whether he is or not, should the Pirates be looking to add a more legitimate home run threat to that mix?
(Cambridge from BP New England)
McCutchen didn't have a good second half at Indianapolis and they feel he needs a little more time there. Yes, the Pirates need a power hitter in the worst way, but they don't seem too intent on getting one. (John Perrotto)
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kevin, Thanks for the chat. You, Keith Law, and Jim Callis are my lifelines for knowledgable prospect discussion (but your expertise of Japanese RPG's crushes Keith Law's!) My question is this: why doesn't there seem to be a market for Brandon Moss? He seems like the kind of outfielder who could hit .285 with 25 HRs in the majors (especially in the weaker NL.) He also provides plus defense at the corners, and comes at a very affordable price. That seems like a great deal -- am I delusional? Shouldn't a team like the Mets or the Padres (who are playing JODY GERUT in left field) take a look at this guy? Thanks.
(Roel Torres from Somerville)
I'll tell you folks, all of a sudden, the PSP is the platform for JRPGs -- go get one. I'm not saying Brandon Moss doesn't have value, but what evidence do we have that he can hit 25 home runs? His career high in the minors is 16, and that's always been the concern. (Kevin Goldstein)


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