It took a few more weeks than expected, but the Oakland A’s settled with right fielder Josh Reddick on a one-year contract worth $2.7 million.
The outfielder seemed headed to an arbitration hearing, as the two sides had yet to come to an amicable agreement on a 2014 salary. Heading into his first year of arbitration eligibility, Reddick had asked for $3.25 from Oakland, while the A’s had countered with an offer of $2 million.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle broke the news on Saturday, with the $2.7M figure coming out later in the afternoon. By getting this agreement with Reddick out of the way now, the A’s have avoid the necessity of heading to arbitration hearings for nine years in a row.
Reddick is heading into an important season for himself. His 2013 was injury-riddled, as various injuries including a nagging wrist issue relegated him to just 114 games. His power took a big dive as well, as Reddick only managed 12 home runs, 56 RBIs and a slash line of .226/.307/.379. Though Reddick’s outfield defense was among the best in the league again (earning him a 2.6 WAR and putting him in the Gold Glove conversation again), the wrist injury zapped him of the power he exhibited in ’12 (32 home runs, 85 RBIs).
By all accounts, Reddick is dealing with no lingering effects of his wrist ailment, having underwent a surgical procedure earlier in the off-season in hopes of beginning 2014 at 100% health.
If he’s able to do that, and reclaims some of the hitting that provided manager Bob Melvin with a potent middle-of-the-order option once again, his $2.7 million salary could end up being a tremendous value for the Green & Gold.