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Athletics trade rumors: Indians think they'll get Brandon Moss

Second baseman prospect Joe Wendle is reportedly a target for the Athletics in a trade. Neither Nick Swisher nor Jeff Samardzija are reportedly part of the conversation, however.

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Rumors that the Oakland Athletics will trade Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians continue to swirl as we approach next week's Winter Meetings in San Diego. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Trade target: 2B Joe Wendle

Susan Slusser reported in the SFGate Oakland Athletics Drumbeat blog that minor league second baseman Joe Wendle is among the A's targets in Cleveland, citing big league sources. The 24-year-old Wendle played 87 games in his first Double-A campaign interrupted by a broken right hamate bone incurred when he fouled a ball off the hand. The good news is he had the bone removed so he can't injure it again. In those games, Wendle went .253/.311/.414 for .161 isolated power which included eight home runs, all off right-handed pitchers.

On Wednesday evening, Jane Lee of expanded the list of possible suitors for Moss:

Who steps in for Moss

In agreeing to terms with Ike Davis and avoiding arbitration at Tuesday's non-tender deadline, first base could be manned by a platoon of Davis against right-handed pitching and Billy Butler against left-handed pitching, with Butler the designated hitter against righties. Moss mostly played in the corner outfield in the second half of the season, but Oakland at present has several other outfield options including Josh Reddick, Craig Gentry, Sam Fuld, Coco Crisp, and Stephen Vogt.