Athletics

Athletics

The A's added 22 home runs and 50 RBI to their lineup when they brought back veteran Brandon Moss on Monday.

But while Moss had three productive seasons with the A's from 2012 through 2014, his role with the 2018 A's ballclub is unclear.

Moss spent most of the 2017 season serving as Kansas City's designated hitter, but Khris Davis, coming off back-to-back 40+ homer seasons, is entrenched as the A's DH.

As for first base, Matt Olson has that on lockdown after he broke out with 24 home runs last season. And the A's have a plethora of outfield options.

So where does the 34-year-old Moss fit? He was wondering the same thing when he appeared on MLB Network on Wednesday morning.

"Obviously, I'm excited about it. I'm a little apprehensive. I don't know how it's going to play out. I'm just going to go to spring training and hope that it works out and hope that there is a spot. That's all you can really do as a player," Moss said on Hot Stove.

Moss wasn't buying it when host and former major leaguer Harold Reynolds suggested that Moss is already penciled into the middle of the A's lineup.

"I don't see how that's possible. They got a lot of guys that do exactly what I do over there. I hope it works out because I absolutely love Oakland. All my best memories are in Oakland. Obviously, I love Kansas City, it was a beautiful ballpark, I love my teammates, made some really good friends there, but Oakland is definitely a place that suits me well," Moss said. "I can only control what I can control. I'm gonna go out and try to have a good spring training and at least make their decision difficult."

 

Moss is slated to make $7.25 million in 2018 with the Royals picking up $3.25 million. He has a $10 million mutual option for the 2019 season with a $1 million buyout.