It was announced yesterday that the KC Royals signed slugger Brandon Moss to a two year deal. While the club has yet to announce the deal (it is pending a physical this week), more specifics have been streaming out today.
The two year deal has an option for a third year (2019) with a $1 million buyout. Moss will be paid just $3.75 million this season and $7.25 million in 2018.
Expected to be the Royals DH (so much for the revolving DH idea again), Moss can also play the outfield and first base. The Royals have been adding power to their roster since the calendar turned to 2017, as the traded for slugger Peter O’Brien earlier in the month (who now may get stuck in Triple-A to start the season).
The left-handed hitting Moss hit 14 doubles and 25 home runs with 52 RBIs in 301 at-bats versus right-handed pitchers with St. Louis last season. However, he hit just .223. Moss got off to a hot start, but hit just .191 in the second half.
I became a fan of Moss’ back when he was playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Philadelphia Phillies organization (2011). Not only is he a nice guy, but he can hit a baseball a LONG way (he hit 23 home runs with the IronPigs).
Over his career, Moss has struggled with a lack of confidence and injuries (he missed a month last year with St. Louis due to an ankle sprain and battled a hip injury in 2015). He is kind of a late bloomer, finally sticking in the big leagues in 2012 with Oakland (where he was an All-Star in 2014). But he is a grinder.
This deal puts Cheslor Cuthbert‘s role with the team in jeopardy. He is out of options and needs a REALLY good spring to make the team. He could make the team in case Mike Moustakas isn’t 100% when the season begins. Cuthbert’s lack of versatility hurts when comparing him to fellow competitors for the final roster spots Christian Colon and Whit Merrifield.