Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports continues to tweet out what his sources are saying as the A’s contemplate whether to trade right fielder Josh Reddick before the Aug. 1 trade deadline:
something heard: reddick is not too likely to go to dodgers, wont be going to cubs— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2016
On Friday, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the A’s have talked with the Dodgers about Reddick and starting pitcher Rich Hill, who went on the disabled list Saturday with the continuing blister issue but will be eligible to be activated on Thursday. Jon Morosi reported last Wednesday for MLB.com that the Cubs and A’s were discussing Reddick, though they’re also in the hunt for Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce and Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Morosi also noted potential interest from the Indians over a week ago:
There’s overlap in the Jay Bruce and Josh Reddick marketplaces; #Cubs, #Dodgers, #Indians are potential suitors for both. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 22, 2016
It also remains possible that the A’s won’t move Reddick at all and that they’ll try to hold onto him via the qualifying offer or a post-World Series extension. Craig Edwards of FanGraphs made the case on Friday for being willing to walk away and just take the compensation draft pick:
When all is said and done, the A’s seem likely to trade to Reddick given his potential value to a contender the rest of the season. However, the A’s don’t have to just take the best offer. All the outfielders currently available could serve to depress the offers the A’s will receive. If the A’s don’t get a sufficiently competitive offer, merely holding on to Reddick is a reasonable choice.
Just 47 hours to go until the trade deadline, folks.