Since the onset of free agency, the Baltimore Orioles have been known to be searching for a left-handed hitting outfielder. Among the names brought up as trade possibilities have been Ender Inciarte and Brett Gardner, however if the Orioles decided to look to the free agent market, they will have plenty of options available, as one in particular that has stood out is former Dodgers’ outfielder Josh Reddick, who the team has shown interest in, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Reddick looks to be a fantastic fit for the Orioles, as he has had great success at Camden Yards, posting a 1.167 OPS over 87 career plate appearances, making it his most successful ballpark, Morosi notes. A move back to the AL East could also be beneficial for Reddick’s power numbers as the division consists of many hitter friendly parks, as we have seen with Orioles players Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez in 2016, and Nelson Cruz in 2014.
Reddick is just a season removed from hitting 20 home runs with Oakland, and could blow that number out of the water with a potential AL-East relocation. However, he posted a .281/.345/.405 slash line with the Oakland A's and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who he was traded to before the deadline, over 439 plate appearances, along with ten home runs and 37 runs batted in, in 115 games played.
Reddick could receive a contract in the range of three years, $36 million — according to projections from MLB Trade Rumors — and can be had without sacrificing a draft pick, which would be well within the price range of Baltimore. He would likely hit sixth or seventh in the Orioles line-up, which would separate what projects to be four consecutive right-handed batters (Schoop, Mancini, Hardy, Joseph), assuming Reddick takes Joey Rickard’s spot in the line-up. Reddick is a very good option for an Orioles team in need of some affordable, but high-upside outfield help.