MLB.com’s Jane Lee is reporting that the Athletics and Josh Reddick have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal. Salary details have not yet been made available. Reddick, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, had filed for $3.25 million while the A’s filed for $2 million, so Reddick’s 2014 salary should end up somewhere around the midpoint of $2.625 million. [Update: It’s for $2.7 million per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.]
Lee adds that, having avoided arbitration with Reddick, the Athletics have avoided going to a hearing for the ninth consecutive year.
Reddick turns 27 years old on February 19. He wrapped up the 2013 season with deflated numbers compared to his 2012 effort, due in part to a nagging wrist injury which required two different stints on the 15-day disabled list in May and in September.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.