A’s Avoid Arbitration With Four More Players, Leaving Josh Reddick Only Holdout
As Friday brought with it the deadline for teams to negotiate deals with players eligible for arbitration, there were a flurry of announcements spread throughout the late morning.
Recently acquired reliever Luke Gregerson agreed to a $5.06M salary for 2014, first baseman Brandon Moss (30 home runs, 87 RBIs in 2013) netted $4.1M, shortstop Jed Lowrie (.290, 45 doubles) agreed at $5.25M, and outfielder Craig Gentry came to terms on a $1.145M contract. The agreement with Gentry, in particular, may end up being an absolute steal if the speedy outfielder plays as well as he could with the 2014 team.
Friday’s agreements combined with Thursday’s deals with DH/catcher John Jaso ($2.3M) and closer Jim Johnson ($10M) leave only one player in need of a 2014 contract: outfielder Josh Reddick. If he and the team can’t come to an agreement on a mutually acceptable deal they’ll have to deal with an independent arbitrator’s ruling in February.
Reddick’s situation is an interesting one to consider. The 26-year-old outfielder had a rough 2013; dealing with a nagging wrist injury that necessitated surgery. In 114 games Reddick hit 12 home runs and drove in 56 RBIs while hitting .226; far below the numbers he put up in 2012. Despite his disappointing offensive season, he turned in another stellar year with the glove almost winning a second straight Gold Glove for his above average defensive play in right field.
It remains to be seen what the terms of Reddick’s anticipated deal with Oakland will be. He’s obviously an asset on the defensive side of things, but his hitting in 2013 left a lot to be desired. Whether that factors into the financial reality of his 2014 salary will be something to watch for those that follow the A’s.
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