It's a problem, and it needs to be addressed. No, not his facial hair, his hitting. Once a top hitter on a playoff baseball team, Josh Reddick is now struggling to earn a spot in the starting lineup. Furthermore, does he even deserve a spot on the 25 man roster? With Craig Gentry on his way off the DL, and Sam Fuld putting on a show in the outfield, is there really any need for Reddick? Well, we're 7 games into 2014 and it is wayyyyy to early to write Reddick off. After all, the poor 2013 of Josh Reddick is nothing in comparison to that of Sam Fuld. Fuld finished at .199/.270/.267 in 200 plate appearances last season. Reddick on the other hand, batted .226/.307/.379 in 441 PA's. The worst season of Reddick's career was probably more productive than Sam Fuld's best.
Now I'm no Sam Fuld hater. I believe that the A's should do everything they can to keep Fuld on the 25 man roster for the time being. Most fan's solution to this problem would be to get rid of Daric Barton. But is Barton really any worse that Reddick? Also, it's hard to trust Moss and Callaspo as your only 1B options considering the fact that both of them are converted first basemen. As stated earlier, some fans are calling for Reddick to be sent to AAA Sacramento. Reddick in Sacramento seems crazy, but it could be very beneficial for him. Getting Reddick some AB's against minor league pitching might give him some confidence... and he definitely could use some. Optioning Reddick would not be a permanent move, instead it would be a chance for Reddick to get back to his old self instead of continuing to struggle in the big leagues. By doing this, Sam Fuld would get much more playing time and we could get to see who the real Sam Fuld is.
Reddick's current .125 batting average has come in an extremely small sample size. Hopefully, his current slump is just a slump... if that makes any sense. During today's game Reddick actually looked very good at the plate. He finished 1/4 with an RBI single and a walk. Not Abad day at all (pun intended). Furthermore, Reddick is always very reliable in the field; let's not forget the fact that he won a gold glove. Fuld is also a plus defender, but I would not put him in the same category as Reddick. In my opinion, the best strategy is to keep giving Reddck starts in Oakland. Although he can be incredibly frustrating to watch, Josh Reddick is a very talented baseball player and it is by no means time to send Reddick to AAA. That being said, Josh is going to need to pick it up if he wants to continue to be the Oakland A's starting right fielder. He's got a lot of guys behind him that are eager to take his spot. Not to mention the fact that the A's have lots of talent in Sacramento (Vogt, Taylor, Freiman, Peterson). As an A's fan you have to realize that Josh Reddick at his best is one of the more valuable players in the league. Unfortunately, we may never get to see Reddick at his best again. I, for one, am willing to see if he can put it together this season. DFA Barton.