Reddick had 'mixed feelings' on being dealt

January, 19, 2012
BOSTON – Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick is in town for the annual Boston Baseball Writers Dinner, where he’s being honored as the Red Sox Rookie of the Year.

The Red Sox traded the former prospect, along with two minor-leaguers, to the Oakland Athletics in December in exchange for closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. Reddick was surprised when he was told of the transaction.

“Shock,” he said. “Shock and mixed feelings. I had a feeling I was going to get traded at the winter meetings because that’s when all the big stuff goes down, but once it didn’t happen, I was at ease with it and didn’t worry about it a whole lot.”

Reddick spoke with A’s GM Billy Beane and manager Bob Melvin on the day of the trade, and the outfielder was given the impression that he should prepare to start every day.

“They said no matter who’s on the mound, they want me to be ready to play and they’re going to put me out there to play,” Reddick said. “Obviously, that was good news to hear, especially when that was a question mark with the Sox. Once the shock kicked in, I realized, once I talked to Billy Beane and Bob Melvin, that it was going to be a good opportunity to play every day.”

In parts of three seasons with the Red Sox, Reddick combined for a .248 average with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 143 games.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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