According to a report from Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Baltimore Orioles are “heavily in the mix” to ink a deal with free agent outfielder Josh Reddick.
The Orioles have been in the market for a solidified left-handed hitter since free agency commenced, and Reddick may be the guy to fit the club’s needs. In a batting order that’s expected to contain several right-handed hitters — Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo, J.J. Hardy, Jonathan Schoop, Caleb Joseph, and Trey Mancini — inserting Reddick into the mix would allow Baltimore to beef up a bit from the left side, as Reddick, assuming he would serve as the team’s primary left fielder, would join Chris Davis as the only two left-handed hitters in the Orioles’ daily lineup.
The 29-year-old Reddick, who began the year as a member of the Oakland Athletics, pieced together a fine first half, during which he slashed .296/.368/.449 with 20 extra-base hits, including eleven doubles, a triple, and eight home runs. In an attempt to generate offense, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Reddick from the A’s on August 1; nonetheless, Reddick hit some rough waters in his time in Dodger blue.
With a mere 34 strikeouts over 243 at-bats while an Athletic in 2016, Reddick whiffed 22 times in nearly 90 fewer at-bats in Los Angeles and saw a significant drop in power. Reddick homered just twice in 47 games with the Dodgers, but he did begin to return to form as the season progressed, especially during the postseason, when he batted a crisp .308 with two runs batted in.
In addition to the Orioles, the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in Reddick as well, particularly if the club cannot reach a deal with free agent outfielder Jose Bautista. Ultimately, where Reddick ends up may depend on where he feels most comfortable, whether than the size of the potential contract.
Considering so, Reddick may opt to join the O’s due to the success he has had in his time at Camden Yards. In his eight-year career, Reddick has garnered 87 plate appearances at the Orioles’ home park and has managed a 1.167 OPS in that span. With that and the fact that the American League East division in general houses some of the game’s most hitter-friendly venues, Reddick becoming an Oriole over the next few weeks would not be surprising.