The Athletics caught the baseball world off guard earlier this offseason when they traded star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays. Josh Reddick openly criticized the logic behind the deal at the time by saying that it didn’t “make sense” to trade someone who had been their best player over the past two seasons. He wasn’t the only one who was confused. However, Reddick is now on board with Billy Beane’s plan.
After it was announced today that the Athletics were acquiring Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays for John Jaso and a pair of prospects, Reddick expressed his excitement about the deal to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Reddick also referenced a familiar line from “Dumb and Dumber” on his Twitter account. You can probably guess what it is. Beane works in mysterious ways.
Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.
Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”
Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:
The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.