Athletics Trade Josh Reddick to the Nationals
OF Josh Reddick
RHP Erick Fedde
Why it’s good for the Nationals:
The Nationals need to upgrade their lineup if they hope to dethrone the Mets for the National League East title, as it is littered with holes. Washington tried for a couple of corner outfielders this winter (Cespedes, Justin Upton, Jason Heyward), but failed in their attempt. Reddick would be an upgrade in a corner outfield spot, which would give Dusty Baker more options to make his lineup out of different combinations in the outfield of Reddick, Ben Revere, Bryce Harper, and Jayson Werth. Reddick is tearing it up in 2016, hitting .322/.394/.466, and he hit .274/.333/.449 last season. He’s also a lefty in a righty-heavy Nats lineup, and certainly – although a rental – would be the offensive upgrade Washington is seeking.
Why it’s good for the Athletics:
Billy Beane is a master at flipping players at the deadline whose contracts expire at the end of the season. A Reddick trade is almost as imminent as a Ben Zobrist trade was last season. In this deal, Beane gets back the Nationals’ fourth-best prospect, right-hander Fedde. Fedde, a 2014 first-round pick, is just 23 years old and, although he has struggled in 2016 with a 5.00 ERA, has loads of promise after posting a 3.43 ERA in his first year in the minors in 2015 and could be a valuable rotation piece in the future for Oakland. Wiseman is also a talented young lefty bat the Athletics get in this deal.