Royals Rumors: Josh Reddick on the Radar

Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (22) - Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick (22) - Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Royals have interest in left-handed outfielder, Josh Reddick. The team is looking to improve offensively. Should the Royals trade for him?

The Kansas City Royals are 27th overall in average runs scored per game at 3.98 through Friday. Kansas City is dead last in the American League in runs scored per game. No wonder why there are Royals rumors about the team being interested in offensive help.

The bad offensive stats continue to pile up. Kansas City is negative 23 in run differential this season. The Royals hit 78 home runs while allowing 113. The team needs to add power to the line up. That’s were Josh Reddick could help the Royals if he can find his 2012 swing again.

Reddick hit 91 home runs in parts of eight years in the majors. His largest yearly home run total came back in 2012 when he hit 32 homers for the Oakland Athletics. Since then he’s hit 44 in the last three seasons.

More from Royals Rumors

This season Reddick has hit five home runs in 51 games played. The game total is low due to suffering a broken thumb on May 20th. He missed more than a month of play while the thumb healed. Reddick returned to the field on June 28th.

Before the injury, Reddick slashed .322/.394/.466. Since returning for the injury Reddick’s numbers have declined. He’s slash line is .293/.370/.418. He’s accumulated six hits and two doubles after his return.

The left-handed outfield options are limited for the Kansas City Royals. The only left-handed outfielder currently on the big league roster is left fielder, Alex Gordon. The other outfield options are all right-handed. This limits the options manager Ned Yost has when setting a lineup against a pitcher who has bad numbers against left-handed batters.

Reddick could be a nice depth option of the Kansas City Royals. The Oakland Athletics might need to deal Reddick now. It seems the A’s and Reddick are having difficulties coming together on a contract extension. The A’s offered him a three-year, $36 million contract extension during spring. Reddick’s camp had $50 million plus over four years in mind.

More from KC Kingdom

With the Athletics struggling to win ballgames for the second season in a row, they might be motivated to sell players to get prospects in return. The Royals have a few outfield options the team might be willing to trade away to acquire Reddick.

Brett Eibner, Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando are all options that could be traded. The more likely players are in the minor leagues. The Royals might part ways with Jorge Bonifacio, Reymond Fuentes, Travis Snider or possibly Bubba Starling.

Of these possible players that could be dealt, I think one or two of the minor league outfielders has the best chance to be dealt. Bubba Starling may have too much upside to be dealt for a rental player how will turn 30 in February.

I would not go after Reddick. Sure he was having a career season before breaking his thumb in late May but the injury may have set him back. I don’t like players coming back from an injury. The player may or may not be the same after the injury.

Next: Kansas City Royals: Ten Best Closers of All-Time

Also Reddick’s home run totals have gone down the past three seasons. The search for a left-handed outfielder should continue. Hopefully more Royals rumors about other outfielders will arise soon.