Designated hitter Brandon Moss has been released by the Oakland Athletics.
Moss was acquired from Kansas City on Jan. 29 and was 4-for-10 with two walks in four spring training games. He was designated for assignment when Oakland claimed left-hander Jairo Labourt off waivers from Cincinnati on Sunday.
Braun has been taking ground balls daily during practice, though with his history of back problems, the Brewers have been careful to monitor that workload. He is comfortable with the basics of the position, but it’s the smaller intangibles, including the footwork required to play the position, on which Braun has been focusing most of his attention.
He also has had to pick up the nuances of defensive shifts, which are more common now than when Braun broke into the majors as a third baseman in 2007.
Milwaukee had yet to pursue Cain or Yelich when Counsell first approached Braun with the idea of playing first base, after injuries limited him to 105 games last season.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner said he will wear the number his brother used as an amateur.
“I always looked up to my brother,” Lincecum said. “He was an idol for me. He just had a lot of bad runs with the choices he made in life.”
Texas general manager Jon Daniels said the 33-year-old right-hander will be a reliever and that he could be the Rangers’ closer as he attempts to pitch in the big leagues for the first time since 2016.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Lincecum said. “It was a difficult decision with the Dodgers and the Rangers, but it came down to those two teams. I thought the Rangers would be a better fit. The conversations that we had just made me feel a little bit more warm and fuzzy inside.”
Lincecum is fascinated about becoming a closer.
“I feel like I could do that,” he said. “I’ve done that in the Cape [Cod League] and at the college level. It is going to be, obviously, different, but I feel like I could tap into that mentality.”
Lincecum has made only eight regular-season relief appearances and seven in the postseason.
“Right now, I’m just trying to see where I fit on this team,” he said. “The idea was to go to a bullpen role because I felt like that’s what would be best for the way I am right now and at this point in my career.”