The past few years have not been kind to Josh Reddick. The former Oakland A’s outfielder had a strong first year in Houston in 2017, but saw his production steadily decrease in each subsequent year. After being released by the Diamondbacks last season, he spent two weeks in the Mets’ minor leagues before being let go once more.
Now 35 years old, it would be understandable if Reddick had decided to hang up the cleats and drift into retirement. Instead, he is looking to get one more chance as he has reportedly signed with the Acereros de Monclova in the Mexican League.
Josh Reddick looking to rebuild career in Mexico
Reddick will see some faces familiar to baseball fans with the Acereros. Former major leaguers Keon Broxton and Pablo Sandoval have also signed with the club as they are also looking to rebuild their careers.
Acquired by the A’s from the Red Sox, Reddick had a breakout season in 2012. He produced a .242/.305/.463 batting line in his 673 plate appearances, hitting 32 homers and 29 doubles. Reddick won a Gold Glove that year and finished 16th in the AL MVP vote as he showed that he could be an every day player.
While he never hit for the same power again, Reddick became a solid player during his time in Oakland. Although he started to fade during his last three years in Houston, it was not until he signed in Arizona that the bottom fell out. He produced a career worst .258/.285/.371 batting line in his 158 plate appearances, hitting two homers and 11 doubles.
It is possible that this trek to Mexico will be what Reddick needs. Sometimes, even veteran players need a change of scenery in order to get back on track. He is still young enough to have a second life in the majors if he can perform well with the Acereros. But it is on Reddick to put that type of performance together.
Josh Reddick is hoping to rebuild his career. The former Oakland A’s outfielder is heading to Mexico, having signed with the Acereros de Monclova.