Why the Oakland Athletics Should Lock Up Josh Reddick

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Feb 28, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (22) poses for a portrait during Photo Day at HoHoKam Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics are an organization known for their innovative ingenuity, and pride themselves on fielding competitive teams year in and year out, despite a payroll which ranks 23rd ($88,261,667) in Major League Baseball.

However, questionable performances from the bullpen, inexperienced rookies, along with a series of transactions and injuries found the Athletics sitting in the cellar after a lack luster 2015 campaign (68-94).

There has been speculation that Oakland’s disappointing season skewed from a clubhouse mix that did not gel according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. In spite of this circumstance, the Athletics front office has stated that they’re not afraid to “shake things up” in lieu of their current 25-man roster.

"With the A’s future so dependent on young players, there isn’t going to be a long leash for any veterans perceived to be poor-role models, so look for Oakland to make some moves this offseason to address the personality mix. There won’t be room for complacency, poor attitudes or “me” guys. – Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle"

For several days, A’s fans were left in the dark as to who might be on the trading block. In the past, Josh Reddick, who will become a free agent after the 2016 season, hasn’t been afraid to voice his opinion on pressing matters via social media or the press, which could be grounds to trade him. However, his contributions at the dish, above-average performance in the outfield, and veteran presence are just a few of the reasons this right-fielder deserves a contract extension; along with the opportunity to anchor an organization with promising hurlers and sluggers waiting in the wings.

Next: Reddick's Production at the Plate