Former Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick back in majors
By David Hill
Josh Reddick had been a solid piece for the Oakland A’s before being traded to the Dodgers at the deadline in 2016. Reddick once again made his presence felt in Oakland, although the former fan favorite had turned heel. He signed with the rival Astros on a four year deal, a key part of the 2017 World Series team, but was not nearly the same afterwards.
After languishing in free agency, Reddick eventually signed with the Diamondbacks on a minor league deal. Now, after a strong start in Triple-A, and Kole Calhoun being placed on the Injured List, the former A’s outfielder is making a return to the majors.
Former Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick is back
Reddick had been a solid part of the A’s outfield during his time in Oakland. He produced a .257/.321/.440 batting line in his 2364 plate appearances, hitting 84 homers and 100 doubles. A Gold Glove winner in 2012, he belted a career high 32 homers that season as he cemented himself as a viable major league regular.
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After two months in Los Angeles, the former fan favorite ended up in Houston. He was a key part of the Astros title in 2017, producing a .314/.363/.484 batting line in his 540 plate appearances. Although he was not nearly the power threat he had been, with just 13 homers, he still hit 34 doubles and drove in 82 runs.
Reddick was unable to maintain that form throughout the rest of his time in Houston, his bat continuing to slip over the remainder of his contract. He posted a 92 OPS+ with just 35 homers over the next three years, struggling to be the player that the Astros needed in the outfield. It was not a surprise when he was allowed to depart without issue.
He is not likely to be an answer for the Diamondbacks. However, Reddick did have a .304/.365/.478 batting line in 52 plate appearances at Triple-A, hitting two homers and two doubles. It is possible that he has a bit left in his bat and can fill in as the Diamondbacks look for a stopgap in the outfield.
Former Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick is back in the majors. He has been called up by the Diamondbacks, filling a void in their outfield.