After signing Jason Pridie and Jeff Fiorentino to minor league deals earlier this off-season, the Oakland A's added more outfield depth with the addition of veteran Brandon Moss. Moss spent last season in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization and he had a big year with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Moss batted .275 with 23 homers and 80 RBIs in helping the IronPigs to the International League finals. He had an 877 OPS.
The Georgia native was an eighth-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2002 out of Loganville High School. He moved up the Boston chain steadily and made his major league debut in 2007. In 2008, Moss was on the Boston Red Sox's Opening Day roster and he hit a dramatic, game-tying ninth inning homerun off of A's closer Huston Street in the first game of the 2008 season, a game that took place in Tokyo, Japan. Ironically, Jeff Fiorentino also participated in that Japan series as a member of the A's organization.
Moss was in the news again later in 2008 when he was part of the huge three-team deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moss would wind-up in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization as part of that trade. He spent all of the 2009 season with the Pirates and hit .236 with a 668 OPS. He would play in 17 major league games in 2010 and five big league games in 2011. For his career, Moss has a .282/.354/.468 line in 943 minor league games. In 249 major league games, his line is .236/.300/.382.