Oakland Athletics Roundup: Chris Coghlan Trade; Updates on Josh Reddick Deal


A’s Trade Aaron Brooks for Cubs’ Chris Coghlan
Oakland Athletics Roundup: Friday, February 26

On Tuesday, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reported that Josh Reddick arrived at Spring Training, ready to discuss a long-term deal with the Oakland Athletics. He stated that he is still waiting on an offer from the A’s front office, noting that the two sides have yet to discuss any actual numbers despite publicly expressing mutual interest. He also repeated that in an effort to focus on the season, his camp does not intend to continue talks once the season begins.

General manager David Forst responded by stating that the two sides have played “phone tag” in negotiations due to travel schedules on both sides. He also pointed out that Reddick’s Spring Training deadline is his choice, and the A’s were not necessarily operating on that same deadline. It was an interesting response, given that it seems that Forst could simply have reiterated the A’s interest in a long-term deal and then said something generic about the front office not publicly commenting on ongoing negotiations.

Instead, he chose to elaborate, providing his own side of the story in relation to Reddick’s comments. This could be the result of a GM who is trying to be open about the status of negotiations (although the A’s are not typically forthcoming on what move the front office will make next) – or it could be a subtle way of getting a point across. At any rate, it’s worth making a note of.

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In the meantime, the Athletics acquired utility man Chris Coghlan from the Chicago Cubs, in exchange for right-hander Aaron Brooks. Brooks, who was acquired in the Ben Zobrist trade in 2015, posted a 3-4 record and a 6.71 ERA over 11 games with the Athletics.

The early take? This is a great deal for the A’s. The left-handed hitting Coghlan blasted 16 home runs and swiped 11 bases last year, posting just a .250 batting average, but a .341 on-base percentage. Defensively, he’s one of the most versatile players available. He’s primarily been used as an outfielder, but can also play first, second and third base. He would certainly be an offensive upgrade over Eric Sogard, but Forst has said not to rule out Sogard for the season just yet.

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