In a move typical of the Oakland A’s and their philosophy over the years, they announced earlier today that they will not make any major moves this off-season.
That leaves them to build with the pieces already in place. Part of that process will be coming to a deal with outfielder Josh Reddick, who is arbitration eligible.
Asked about Reddick’s status today at Oakland’s FanFest, general manager Billy Beane expressed little concern:
These things always get done.”
Coming off a poor season in 2013, Reddick is still seeking $3.25 million from the A’s. The A’s offered $2 million, so the gap is significant.
I don’t know how arbitrators work, but I cannot imagine Reddick’s case here. In 2013 he batted a woeful .226/.307/.379 with a .686 OPS in 441 plate appearances. After exploding onto the MLB scene in 2013 with 32 home runs (even receiving MVP votes), he had only 12 last season.
If the A’s wanted to make their case ‘against’ Reddick, even though he is a player still under their control, they won’t have to look very far. Other than his spike in 2012, Reddick’s career has mostly been inconsistent, and he is a career .239 hitter.
Reddick is only 26 years old, so better years might still lie ahead. But the A’s do not want to pay for that production until they actually see it, and they are probably right to do so.