Brandon Ross

Brandon Ross

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning that they have acquired left-handed hitting outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Rob Kaminsky.   Moss is expected to the join the Cardinals for their game this evening (6:15 p.m. CDT) against Colorado.

Moss, 31, was batting .217 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 94 games with the Indians this season, ranking 8th among American League outfielders in home runs and 10th in RBI.  The left-handed hitting Moss, who was an All-Star for Oakland last season, has hit 20 or more homers in each of the past three seasons (2012-14), including a career-high 30 for the Athletics in 2013.

The 6-0, 210-pound Moss owns a .243 career batting average with 106 HR’s and 346 RBI in 718 games with Boston (2007-08), Pittsburgh (2008-10), Philadelphia (2011), Oakland (2012-14) and Cleveland (2015).

Moss has had 13 multi-RBI games this season, including a 2-homer, 7-RBI game on April 24 at Detroit and a 5-RBI effort on July 1 at Tampa Bay.  He hit a pair of homers for Oakland in their American League Wild Card game vs. Kansas City last season.

Moss has played 78 games in right field, 10 at first base and also served as designated hitter for the Indians this season.  He has been assigned uniform no. 21.

Kaminsky, 20, was 6-5 with a 2.09 ERA in 17 games started for Palm Beach (A) this season.  He was drafted by the Cardinals in the 1st round (28th player overall) in 2013.

–St. Louis Cardinals press release.