It’s no secret the front office has been exploring ways to add a left-handed hitting outfielder to the roster. The Cubs have been connected heavily to Josh Reddick since May.
Jon Paul Morosi reported Wednesday now that the Cubs have added Aroldis Chapman and Mike Montgomery to the bullpen, the front office has “shifted focus to another area of need: the outfield.”
According to Morosi, the Cubs have had talks with the A’s about Josh Reddick.
Reddick would help fill several needs for the Cubs offensively and defensively. Reddick hits from the left-side and would help balance the lineup, plus he makes a lot of contact and moves the baseball.
The Indians, Dodgers and Giants are also looking to acquire an outfielder and have reportedly shown interest in Reddick.
Josh Reddick had another good game at the plate Tuesday, and he flashed the leather with a sensational diving catch to end the game. Reddick hit one of Oakland’s three home runs and finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Reddick is 11-for-41 with two doubles and two home runs in the 11 games since the break (.306/.390/.528) for a .918 OPS.
For the season, Reddick is batting .296/.373/.442 with 10 doubles, a triple and seven home runs for a .815 OPS. And on the road, Reddick has hit .330/.403/.478 with three doubles, a triple and four home runs for a .881 OPS.