Mar 22, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (16) stands on the base against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: A’s Josh Reddick needs to be dropped


I often say it’s too early to panic for fantasy baseball owners over slow starts for their players.

But some players leave you no choice.

March 31, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (16) bats during the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at O.co Coliseum. The Indians defeated the Athletics 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

One of those guys happens to be Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick, who if you own, you should consider dropping immediately.

I considered Reddick as a guy who was in store for a potential bounce back season this year, considering he was coming into the season healthy after an injury plagued 2013 campaign.

But after a slow start to the 2014 season that has seen Reddick go just 4-for-41 this season and with a sub-.200 OBP, he isn’t an ideal candidate to be on anyone’s roster at this point.

Reddick doesn’t have a homer or a steal this season and has a mere one RBI.

The good news is that if you have Reddick on your team, you likely drafted him late, so there is no real loss there.

His at bats are almost laughable at this point and his 33 percent K rate is a sign that he just isn’t picking up the ball.

The problem is that he can’t catch up to fastballs, which mean he gets set up to look foolish on breaking stuff.

I simply don’t see Reddick coming out of this anytime soon, which means he will start losing playing time as well.

Do yourself a favor and drop Reddick now. There are more useful outfielders out there on the waiver wire. If Reddick does figure things out, you can always go back and pick him up.

There’s no point on wasting a roster spot on a struggling player like Reddick.

He has to go.



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