Why the Oakland Athletics Should Lock Up Josh Reddick

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August 4, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (16, top) pies catcher Derek Norris (36, bottom) after Norris hit the game-winning RBI-single during the 10th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Rays 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Reddick is a character — that’s for sure!

He’s donned many personas over the course of his career with the Athletics; the Georgia native climbs the fences like Spiderman in the field, and is undoubtedly the designated “Pie King” of the organization.

When it comes down to business, Reddick’s above-average defense and impressive offensive numbers are irreplaceable for a ball club building for the future. His leadership on-and-off the field is a viable characteristic in itself; and imagine the run the Athletics will go on once prized prospects Sean ManaeaFranklin BarretoJacob Nottingham, and Olson make it to the show.

"Beane says firmly that Reddick is back next year and a candidate for a contract extension. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) October 5, 2015"

It’s possible that Reddick will receive the long term contract he rightfully deserves, but, at the same time, Beane is not the one who has the final say now — it’s Forst. Here’s to hoping that the front office stands by their statement, and Reddick is sporting the green and gold for many, many seasons.

"“I love being here, I love playing here, despite what went down with me and the front office,” Reddick said. “Nothing toward them, I just want to be out there playing every day. Hopefully that’s no reason to get rid of me because I think there is a bright future for this organization and I obviously want to be a part of it. This team gave me a shot and I’ve succeeded here. I hope it’s the rare occasion where I stick around and get the kind of extension very few players ever get here.”"

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