Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Athletics plan to revisit extension talks with outfielder Josh Reddick before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. The two sides had discussed an extension previously, but couldn’t reach an agreement over the length of the deal. Reddick wanted four years while the A’s were only willing to go three years.
Rosenthal adds that, if the A’s and Reddick can’t work out an extension, the club could trade him. The Dodgers might potentially have interest if the veteran were to be made available. The A’s could also simply make a qualifying offer to Reddick. He and the A’s avoided arbitration in his final year of eligibility back in January, agreeing on a $6.575 million salary for the 2016 season. The value of a qualifying offer was $15.8 million this past offseason.
Reddick, 29, has been out since May 20 with a broken thumb, which he suffered sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt. He’s carrying a .322/.394/.466 triple-slash line with five home runs and 18 RBI in 165 plate appearances. The A’s are expected to activate Reddick as early as Monday.