Josh Reddick is now on board with Billy Beane’s plan

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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.

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.