Josh Reddick could get another offer of a contract extension from the A’s soon.
Josh Reddick wanted to have any contract extension deal with the A’s done by the end of spring training.
It didn’t happen, so the right fielder agreed to give it a little more time.
More than a little time, three months, have passed – five weeks of which with Reddick on the disabled list with a fractured left thumb – but the hopes of a deal are still flickering.
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, sources are telling him the A’s want to revisit contract extension talks with Reddick through his agent, Seth Levinson.
When talks last were ongoing, they stalled not over money as much as it was over length of contract, Reddick wanting a four-year deal and the A’s offering three.
Now the A’s, who have made it clear they would like to keep Reddick aboard, seem to want to take one more run between now and the Aug. 1 trade deadline – normally it’s July 31, but that falls on a Sunday this year – to get something done.
There are going to be contending clubs wanting to trade for Reddick for the stretch drive, and the failure to get an extension would increase the likelihood that Oakland would trade Reddick. That being said, even without a deal, there are plenty of reasons for the A’s to hold on to their No. 3 hitter.
By holding on to Reddick for the entire season, then giving him a qualifying offer before free agency – which Reddick would almost certainly turn down – would earn the club a first-round compensation draft pick if Reddick signed with another club.
If you turn that around, with the A’s knowing they would get at least a first-round draft pick in compensation by holding on to Reddick, that would drive up the price for him between now and Aug. 1 for teams wanting to pry him away from Oakland.
Reddick still has to get healthy. He’s due to come off the disabled list this week, and he’d had just one hit in his first 17 at-bats on an injury rehabilitation assignment. But he was having a breakout season at .322/.394/.466 with five homers and 18 RBI, and if he can come back at the same level, that would driving up his price whether he stays or goes.
And Reddick isn’t the only A’s player drawing interest as June prepares to morph into July. The Mets have been linked to talks concerning third baseman Danny Valencia for a while now, and the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians are both showing signs of interest. The Royals are without Mike Moustakas for the season and Cleveland hasn’t had much productivity from third base, just a .238 average and nine homers from its group of third basemen this year.
Valencia came into Sunday with a .333 average and 11 homers despite a stint on the disabled list.