The announcement comes from the Oakland A’s official Twitter feed …
Reddick is getting off to a late start this season after battling a right oblique strain for much of the spring. He has the pleasure of facing Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in his debut Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
Reddick, 28, batted .264/.316/.446 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 109 games last year for the A’s.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.