Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles are in pursuit of free agent outfielder Josh Reddick.
Reddick, 29, played only 115 games between the Athletics and Dodgers due to finger and back injuries. He performed better with the A’s, putting up an .816 OPS in 272 plate appearances. With the Dodgers, he had a meager .643 OPS in 167 PA.
The Orioles have also been linked to free agent Ian Desmond, but Desmond will have draft pick compensation attached to him as a result of receiving a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Rangers. Reddick, who switched teams mid-season, does not have draft pick compensation attached.
Reddick is probably best suited as part of an outfield platoon. He compiled a measly .366 OPS against lefties this past season. Over his eight-year career, Reddick has an OPS nearly 150 points higher against right-handed pitchers than he does against lefties.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.