Oakland Athletics Need Another Solid Year From Josh Reddick

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Josh Reddick got his first chance in 2012 to play every -*day at the major league level and proved what kind of hitter he can be. Reddick hit 32 home runs for the Oakland Athletics as the team won the American League West to make the playoffs. Reddick is expected to come close to those numbers again this season if Oakland wants to make a similar run.

Reddick was traded by the Boston Red Sox to Oakland for Andrew Bailey before the 2012 season. The Athletics are winning the trade right now after Bailey had injury issues last season. I’m sure Oakland believes it got a steal in Reddick and I think they did. Reddick may have had trouble in the postseason for the Athletics, hitting just .118 while striking out ten times in 17 at-bats, but that could have been some nerves. I think Reddick will do much better if given a second chance at that. There is a lot of work that will need to be done though if that is to occur. The AL West seems like it has gotten more difficult overall at the top.

Reddick will need to hit another 25-30 home runs while playing in a crowded outfield for the Athletics. I believe that Oakland will win 86-87 games this coming season which may be enough to make the playoffs again. Reddick is also still young enough where he may develop even more power and could even increase his numbers from 2012. There are few more exciting players on the Athletics’ roster than Reddick, and he will be one that must lead Oakland to success again in 2013.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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