KANSAS CITY -- Brandon Moss passed his physical and was introduced as the newest Royal on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.Here's what MLB.com learned prior to and during the news conference.The contract
Moss' two-year deal, as was previously reported, will guarantee him $3.75 million in 2017 and $7.25 million in '18.
KANSAS CITY -- Brandon Moss passed his physical and was introduced as the newest Royal on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Here's what MLB.com learned prior to and during the news conference.
Moss' two-year deal, as was previously reported, will guarantee him $3.75 million in 2017 and $7.25 million in '18. And a source indicated Moss has a $10 million mutual option for '19 with a $1 million buyout. Plus, a source indicated that Moss, in each year of the deal, can earn $50,000 for each time he passes certain plate-appearance thresholds, starting at 275 and increasing in increments of 25 until 500.
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Royals general manager Dayton Moore was adamant that he does not view Moss as a full-time DH, and that the club still will implement the "floating" DH plan it's promoted all offseason.
"Let's face it, we have a somewhat aging team that can use half-days off," Moore said. "There are times [Eric Hosmer] can use a half-day, or [Salvador Perez] or [Lorenzo Cain] or [Alex Gordon]. This will allow [manager Ned Yost] to mix and match." Moore views Moss as a capable corner outfielder and backup first baseman.
Hitting at spacious Kauffman Stadium
Moss is a career .309 hitter at The K with three homers and an .853 OPS in 17 games (also two homers for the A's in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game, won by the Royals in 12 innings).
Moss: "I love this ballpark. I think it is one of the most unheralded ballparks in all of baseball. It's beautiful. As far as hitting goes, some hitters like hitting in smaller parks, some hitters like ballparks where you see the ball well. I've always been able to see the ball really well here. It's a special ballpark. For a power hitter, if you can see it, and you can barrel it, it shouldn't matter what ballpark you're in."
Impressions of the Royals
Moss: "I'm impressed with the type of people here. They're not just going to get a guy just because he's a good player. You have to fit a certain mold. I take pride in fitting that mold. I've always thought this would be an outstanding place to play because from afar it always looks like they're having fun."
Changing philosophy from speed/defense to power?
"With guys like Jorge Soler and Brandon," Moore said, "and the continued production of our other players, maybe we'll have a chance to have a three- or four-run lead late in the game where in past years, we've been hanging on to one-run leads late. Defense, speed, going first to third, that's all still there. But we play a lot of games on the road, too. ... We're going to need to score more runs. I'm looking forward to more home runs. ... It's going to be a fun year."
Moss' memories of Wild Card Game
"It was the most fun and heartbreaking game I've ever been a part of," he said. "I've never had that much fun playing baseball, until the 12th inning. I can't even describe that feeling, because I'd never felt it before. I honestly felt that going into the game, whoever won that game was going to the World Series. And the reason was, we were two totally different teams. We had incredible starting pitcher and power -- power galore. And these guys had an unbelievable bullpen. The game was shortened to six innings, and then they had all that speed all over the place. And speed won the game that night. ... You won't see very many games like that."
How long did it take Moss to get over that loss?
"I don't think he has," Moore interjected amidst laughter. Said Moss, "I don't think you get over it, ever. We thought we had a World Series team."
There are concerns, though. Sure, Moss hit 28 home runs for the Cardinals last season. But he hit .225 with just a .300 on-base percentage. And after the All-Star break, Moss slashed at .191/.248/.392.
Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.