The Cleveland Indians took advantage of the Oakland Athletics' allergy to power hitters by acquiring All-Star Brandon Moss.
When the Indians noticed the A's had traded Yoenis Cespedes (22 home runs) and Josh Donaldson (29 home runs), the Tribe relieved Oakland of Moss (25 home runs).
The left-handed hitting Moss hit only .231 last year, but he drove in 81 runs. He plays first base and outfield.
Fortunately, Moss only made $4.1 million last year, so even if he gets a raise in arbitration, the Tribe should still have at least $8 million left to spend this winter.
To acquire Moss, Cleveland gave up Joey Wendle, who hit .253 for the Class AA Akron Rubber Ducks. He hit eight homers and collected 50 RBI.
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