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Brandon Moss traded to Cleveland Indians for Joey Wendle

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Goodbye Brandon.
Goodbye Brandon.
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The Oakland Athletics will receive minor league second baseman Joey Wendle from the Cleveland Indians in trade for outfielder-first baseman Brandon Moss, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

Moss, 31, has two arbitration seasons remaining, and was projected by Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors to earn $7.1 million in 2015.

Trading Moss retires the last piece of what had been a formidable middle of the lineup presence in Josh Donaldson, Moss, and Yoenis Cespedes:

In 2½ seasons with the Athletics, Moss hit 76 home runs and drove in 220, for a .254/.340/.504 line, an OPS+ of 135. The left-handed batter's power was mostly found against right-handed pitching, hitting 63 of those 76 off of right-handers, though his 2014 slugging percentage of .425 is nothing to sneeze at.

In Joey Wendle, the A's receive a 24-year-old second baseman who reached Double-A Akron in the Eastern League. Susan Slusser was the first to suggest Wendle was a target for the Athletics last week in the SFGate Drumbeat blog:

Wendle, 24, hit .295 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs at Class-A in 2013, .253 with eight homers and 50 RBIs in 87 games with Double-A Akron this past season. He was a sixth-round pick in 2012 out of West Chester (Pa.) University.

Minor leagues follower Chris Kusiolek has this quick-and-dirty scouting report on Wendle:

The Athletics have confirmed:

We'll have further analysis in the next few hours.