Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: Former Cardinal Moss' Career Might Be Over

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Baseball Notes: Former Cardinal Moss' Career Might Be Over

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The baseball career of Brandon Moss, who hit 28 homers and drove in 67 runs for the Cardinals two years ago, might be over.

The Oakland Athletics designated Moss for assignment Sunday and claimed pitcher Jairo Labourt off waivers from Cincinnati.

Oakland had acquired Moss, a first baseman and outfielder, from Kansas City in January for a second stint with the club after playing for the A's from 2012-14, but it wound up being a short return.

Moss had signed with the Royals as a free agent after the Cardinals let him go, and played in 118 games for Kansas City last season. He hit 20 home runs and drove in 50 runs, then was traded to Oakland in January.

Moss, 34, told The San Francisco Chronicle that he does not want to go to the minors and that he will retire if he doesn't get another big-league job.

"I've spent enough of my career in the minor leagues," he said. "If another team doesn't pick me up, I've had a good career more of a career than I ever thought I'd have."

Moss has hit 160 homers, driven in 473 runs and has a .237 batting average in the big leagues.

Labourt, meanwhile, had been claimed off waivers by the Reds on Friday from Detroit. He made six relief appearances for the Tigers last season, going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in six innings.

Arrieta remains in limbo * Pitcher Jake Arrieta, who was 54-24 for the Cubs over the last three seasons, is a free agent and continues to wait for a team to give him what he feels is his market value.

The Nationals and Phillies are rumored to be possible landing spots for Arrieta, but the Phillies are rebuilding and the Nats are trying to stay under the luxury tax.

Giants starter Jeff Samardzija is surprised his former Cubs teammate is still out there.

"To me, there's always an asterisk (involved), because you don't know who is slowing it down," he said. "Is it the agent (Scott Boras)? Is it the owners?

"I would assume plenty of teams would like a guy like Jake in their starting rotation. …

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