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One key detail is out of the way as Josh Reddick looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season.
The A’s right fielder avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.7 million. That was a compromise between the reported $3.25 million that Reddick asked for and the $2 million the A’s offered in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He made $510,000 last season.
Had the sides not hammered out a deal, they would have gone to a hearing before an independent panel this week to decide which salary Reddick would get. That they were able to avoid that is good, because hearings can be contentious as a team is forced to take sides against its own player to justify the lower salary.
Reddick hit just .226 last season with 12 home runs and 56 RBI, a drop-off from the .242, 32 homers and 85 RBI he posted in 2012. But Reddick had another standout season defensively in 2013, being named a finalist for the Gold Glove in right field after winning the award in 2012.
He twice landed on the disabled list last season with a sprained right wrist that required surgery in October. The left-handed hitting Reddick told 95.7 The Game last week that his wrist is fine and that he should be able to turn on inside fastballs better, which he couldn’t do as well last season.
Reddick was the A’s final arbitration-eligible player who hadn’t come to terms. The team hasn’t gone to a hearing with a player since winning a case over reliever Juan Cruz in 2005.