KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Royals acquired right-handers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer from the Oakland A's on Monday for left-hander Ryan Buchter, designated hitter Brandon Moss and cash considerations.
Moss was owed $8.25 million for the upcoming season, and the Royals sent $3.25 million to Oakland as part of the deal. That equates to a savings of about $5 million that the Royals, who have been trying to trim payroll, could use to sign free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer to a long-term deal.
Moss hit .207 with 22 homers and 50 RBIs for the Royals last season.
Hahn went 3-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 13 starts for Oakland last season, and is expected to compete for a spot in Kansas City's rotation. Fillmyer went 11-5 with a 3.49 ERA at Double-A Midland.