Josh Reddick perplexed by the Josh Donaldson trade

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Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick doesn’t understand why the Athletics decided to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays. Via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Reddick is correct, of course. Via FanGraphs, the 14.1 WAR Donaldson compiled since the start of the 2013 season vastly eclipses anyone else on the Athletics. Jed Lowrie comes in second at 5.4 and Reddick is third at 5.0. Donaldson gets the business aspect of the game, which ultimately led to his being traded:

Reddick said that it’s clear to him and his teammates that the Athletics are rebuilding. This is par for the course for the Athletics, however. So far this off-season, they’ve signed Billy Butler and Ike Davis, and now they’ve traded away Donaldson. They’re expected to pursue more trades, particularly one involving Brandon Moss. The team we saw barely lose the American League Wild Card game to the Royals could look a lot different when pitchers and catchers report in February.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.