KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) — The Kansas City Royals aren't done yet this off-season.
On Monday, the team announced Brandon Moss and Ryan Buchter have been traded to Oakland. In exchange, the A's are sending back two pitchers, Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer.
Moss only spent a year in Kansas City after signing a two-year deal with the team. He managed to knock 22 home runs in just 118 games this season, but could barely keep his batting average above the Mendoza Line (.207). The 1st baseman/outfielder was owed $7.25 million for this season, with a mutual $10 million option for 2019, with a $1 million buyout.
MLB reporter Jeffrey Flanagan reported the Royals sent $3.25 million to the A's as part of the deal, meaning the team created an additional $5 million of room on its payroll. Flanagan said he asked Royals' GM Dayton Moore about the questions certainly coming his way regarding what the trade means for the teams efforts to sign free agent Eric Hosmer.
"It would be inappropriate for me to comment about a free-agent right now," Moore told Flanagan. "(But) I"ve been very clear what our thoughts are about Eric Hosmer."
Buchter joined the Royals shortly before the trade deadline, coming as part of the deal that brought Trevor Cahill to Kansas City. He pitched in 27 innings across 29 games, posting a 2.67 ERA.
As one of the newest Royals, Hahn has started 50 games across four seasons in the majors, racking up a 18-20 record, along with a 4.19 ERA. Filmyer spent last season with the A's AA franchise in Midland, where he won 11 games, while losing only five.