The Indians officially completed the Brandon Moss deal today, sending Double-A infielder Joe Wendle to the A’s for the left-handed slugger. You can see more about my thoughts on this here, or Ryan’s thoughts on it here before the trade became official.
I have to say though, the fact that Oakland took a fringe prospect like Wendle for a guy like Moss seems…weird. This move also seems less awful due to the fact that the Indians didn’t surrender much here. Does Billy Beane see something in Wendle that other teams are missing? Is he anxious to just clear roster space, and isn’t so concerned about the return he receives? Or are Moss’s medicals so much of a concern, that the best he’ll get is a decent, but not highly-touted minor league infielder?
When it comes down to it, the return Oakland got for Donaldson, and will get for Moss, seems odd. Not that it’s completely terrible…it’s just hard to imagine that some team wasn’t willing to offer a better package than the one they got from the Blue Jays for Donaldson, or a better prospect in return for Moss. Major league teams overpay all of the time – both on free agent deals and on trades. I’m just surprised someone wasn’t willing to offer more for cost-effective players like Donaldson and Moss.
The winter meetings are underway, so we’re likely to see some more moves across baseball. I’m still kind of “eeeehhhhh” on Brandon Moss, but I’m always willing to take a shot on a low-cost option. Since Moss didn’t command much in trade value, if this is a bust, it’s not like the Indians gave up several players of great value. We’ll just have to wait and see if Beane was able to off-load a lemon to the Tribe, or if the Indians were able to grab a pretty solid bargain.