However, as of the latest reports on a contract extension for Reddick, it appears the two sides haven’t spoken yet, let alone exchanged numbers on a possible salary. This fact alone, added to Reddick’s deadline of Opening Day, make it pretty clear that the right fielder is likely not going to be returning to Oakland. With that in mind, the team may already be grooming his replacement.
While general manager David Forst has expressed a seemingly genuine interest in having Reddick return to the A’s post 2016, he was quoted just this week as saying, “Josh has stated his deadline. That’s his. It’s not ours.”
Forst went on to say that it’s “impossible to say” whether an extension will get done before the season starts and that he’d “like to make every effort to make that happen. But it takes two.” The statement implies that he does not expect to be held to Reddick’s deadline.
Saturday, more interesting news involving right field came out of the Athletics’ camp. Manager Bob Melvin could not stop praising the young players who had been invited to big league camp this spring. He specifically mentioned first baseman Matt Olson, who played eight games in right field for High Class-A Stockton in 2014 and 59 games last season at the position while at Double-A Midland. The A’s are now looking to see him get even more playing time in right when he starts out the season at Triple-A Nashville.
Melvin mentions that reports are good on 1B Matt Olson in RF. Look for him to see more time there this season. #Athletics
— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) February 27, 2016
Not only will Olson be spending more time in right field, which suggests the A’s may be preparing for him to take over the role as soon at the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline, there is also an added bonus of his left-handed power bat.
For more on Reddick, Olson and the A’s right field situation check out my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below: