The Chicago Cubs are hoping to add help to the bullpen as rumors are swirling that they are likely to offer a trade to get the services of Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick.
The Cubs are sporting a 57-37 win-loss record in the National League Central Division and are hoping to get back into the World Series. To get their goals a reality, they need additional help in their bullpen to solidify their roster as well. The Cubs believe that Reddick could be an interesting addition to their cause, but they have not yet divulged how much are they willing to pay to get him.
Sources: #Cubs are looking at Josh Reddick. Bat coming around after missing nearly 6 weeks with fractured thumb. Theo drafted him in Boston.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 21, 2016
However, the Cubs must act fast as the Athletics are keen on keeping Reddick but if talks with both parties turn sour then the Cubs could very well snag the 29-year old right fielder out of Savannah, Georgia. Reddick signed a one-year contract with the Athletics worth $6.575 million in Jan. in order to avoid arbitration and will become a free agent by the end of the season.
“I would love to stay here,” he said. “But if things can’t be worked out the way they should be, then I’m not really wanted here.”
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 22, 2016
For the Cubs to snag Reddick they should hope that renegotiations between him and the Athletics would fail for them to get their chance to lay their offer. Aside from an offer, the Cubs will use Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, who drafted Reddick back in 2006, when Epstein was still the general manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Reddick has a batting average of .300 with six home runs, 23 RBI, and .378 OBP this season and that is why the Cubs are hoping to get him as an addition to their roster. Reddick’s game has been affected by a fractured thumb and is still working his way back from the injury. However, it does not stop the Cubs from pursuing to get a trade for him.
Josh Reddick talks trade speculation and extension talks, or lack thereof: https://t.co/NHbUewRFQ7
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 22, 2016
Reddick is hoping to get back his game and with his contract talks with the Athletics still with an undetermined future, the Cubs are hoping that they could get him via trade. Aside from the Cubs also reported interested in Reddick includes the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.
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