The Oakland Athletics were scheduled to go to an arbitration hearing with Gold Glove outfielder Josh Reddick on Wednesday, but that won’t be necessary after the sides reached agreement on a one-year, $2.7 million deal.
The team announced the contract agreement Sunday. Reddick was the last player eligible for arbitration that had not signed a deal, meaning Oakland has avoided going to a hearing for nine straight years.
The A’s had filed a $2 million figure for Reddick this season, while he was going into the hearing seeking $3.25 million. The agreement is just more than the middle ground.
Reddick reported four days early to camp, showing up on Saturday. Reddick slipped to .226/.307/.379 with 12 homers and 56 RBI in 114 games last season while dealing with a wrist injury that needed offseason surgery. In his first year with the A’s, Reddick won a Gold Glove while hitting .242/.305/.463 with 32 homers and 85 RBI in 156 games.
Reddick told 9.57 The Game on Wednesday that he feels no pain in the wrist this spring. He injured the wrist in April, had surgery in October and says he is 100 percent.
“Bob Melvin told me to get healthy and come into spring training 100 percent and I’ve done that,” Reddick said. “I got the surgery like I wanted and everything’s gone to plan. They said I was ahead of schedule with my grip strength and everything, so that was good to hear. It felt good to get back on the field and hit an inside fastball again. It felt good to not have any issues there, so I’m ready to get back to 100 percent.”