The Oakland Athletics 2016 season started off with a lot of promise, but with every game, it seems more and more like the A’s will be sellers at the deadline. Should Josh Reddick be on the table?
There was a moment, sometime during the Oakland Athletics‘ sweep of the New York Yankees in the Bronx, when it seemed possible that the preseason hate for the A’s 2016 team had gone too far. Had they become a much better team than anyone anticipated? Were the redesigned bullpen and young rotation coming together to create a great pitching staff, supported by a suddenly-successful lineup?
Then, the A’s went to Toronto, and began their descent into sub-.500 baseball.
With a 15-21 record, including losing eight of their last ten games, the Athletics have fallen into…third place.
Third doesn’t seem so bad, but they’re barely beating out the Angels and Astros, while the Mariners have cruised to a seven game advantage. In short, it’s going to take a pretty hot streak by the A’s and a dismal couple of weeks for Seattle and Texas if the Oakland Athletics are going to stay in the playoff race. It may be early, but the A’s are digging themselves a deeper and deeper hole every time they take the field.
Many fans believed that the A’s would struggle in 2016, so it’s not like this is an unexpected development. The A’s had a brief flash of success that caused everyone to forget about the original projections for a losing season. Even though it’s not even the halfway point in May, it’s time to start adjusting to the fact that the Athletics will more than likely be sellers at the trade deadline.
Outfielder Josh Reddick has been a hot topic in trade talks since 2015, and this year will likely be no exception. Here are three reasons why the A’s should consider dealing their slugger (and potential team-MVP this year: