Nov. 29, 2016
MLB Rumors: Josh Reddick Reportedly Signs with Astros
Needing an impact bat and arm at the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Josh Reddick and Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics.
Despite both players being at the end of their contracts, the Dodgers paid a hefty prospect package for the two rentals. They sent RHP Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton to Oakland.
Reddick hit .296 with a .368 OBP in 272 plate appearances for the A's prior to the trade. He was arguably the best bat moved at the trade deadline and gave the Dodgers a solid right fielder while Yasiel Puig was demoted to the minor leagues. However, Reddick struggled mightily in his first month in Los Angeles.
In Reddick's first 25 games after the trade, he had only 14 hits in 87 at-bats with a .396 OPS. Only one of those 14 hits went for extra bases (a double), and patience grew thin among Dodger fans in the midst of the playoff race.
Reddick turned it around and became one of the hottest hitters for the Dodgers to end the season. In the final 22 games of the season, Reddick had 26 hits in 68 at-bats and posted a .961 OPS. Reddick continued his hot hitting in the postseason, as he had eight hits in 26 at-bats (all singles). Despite coming up big down the stretch, it didn't seem like Reddick would return to the Dodgers in the offseason. His offensive skill-set is redundant with that of Andre Ethier and Reddick was looking at a big contract.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the former Oakland outfielder is returning to the AL West:
Sources: Astros have agreed to a deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, pending a physical.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan)
Per Ken Rosenthal, Reddick's deal with the Houston Astros is for four years and worth $52 million. The signing gives the Astros a second quality left-handed bat acquired today, as they reportedly reached a deal with the New York Yankees for Brian McCann.
Reddick will return to the American League, where he's played 739 of his 786 career games. Houston will be his fourth team in nine years, as Reddick started his career in Boston before being traded to Oakland.
This leaves the Dodgers with Ethier, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig and Andrew Toles in the outfield. Scott Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson could be back if healthy, and Enrique Hernandez could be in the mix as a utility player as well.