Baltimore Orioles: Interest in Josh Reddick

The Baltimore Orioles are currently in pursuit of free agent outfielder Josh Reddick.

Jon Morosi who previously tweeted about the Orioles’ interest in outfielder Ian Desmond, tweets:

The 29-year old Reddick has been an absolute terror to the Orioles in the past. He has a .400/.442/.725 career slash line in 24 career games at Oriole Park, which includes 14 extra-base hits (seven doubles, two triples and five homers). Reddick has a .255/.316/.430 slash line throughout his career with 96 homers.

According to a recent article from MLB Trade Rumors, Reddick will receive a contract in the neighborhood of 3 years/$36 million:

Reddick, 30 in February, had his free agent stock take a tumble after the A’s traded him to the Dodgers this summer.  The right fielder ended up hitting .281/.345/.405 in 439 plate appearances overall, missing time with a fractured thumb.  While his power numbers should bounce back, Reddick has shown an inability to hit left-handed pitching.  Plus, his defense has fallen from Gold Glove caliber to below average in right field.  He should still generate solid interest, potentially from the Giants, Blue Jays, Orioles, Indians, Phillies, White Sox, Astros,  and Mariners.  A four-year deal remains possible.

Reddick played only 115 games last season between the A’s and Dodgers due to back problems. He was traded from the A’s to the Dodgers during the middle of last season. He played better with the A’s, compiling a .816 OPS in 272 plate appearances. With the Dodgers, he had a .643 OPS in 167 plate appearances.

This option may be a bit more attractive for the Orioles than Desmond. Desmond has received a $17.2 million qualifying offer, which means that Orioles would have to give up their first-round pick to the Texas Rangers. Also, Desmond will most likely receive much more money because of his overall numbers and versatility. Reddick does not have the same draft pick.

Possibly, the Orioles would platoon Reddick in the outfield with a right-handed hitter. He has been absolutely poor against left-handed pitchers, with a .366 OPS against lefties last season.

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Born in Norfolk, VA and raised Baltimore, MD. Currently a college student at the University of Baltimore and formerly the sports editor of McDaniel College. Also a former intern of PressBox Online in Baltimore.

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