|Oakland Athletics – No. 16|
February 19, 1987 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|July 31, 2009 for the Boston Red Sox|
(through May 8, 2013)
|Runs batted in||136|
|Career highlights and awards|
William Joshua Reddick (born February 19, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. He played baseball at South Effingham High School in Guyton, Georgia. After playing baseball at Middle Georgia College, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th Round of the 2006 MLB Draft. He won his first Gold Glove in 2012
On July 31, 2009, Reddick was called up to replace the traded Adam LaRoche on the roster. He made his major league debut that night, pinch-hitting for Rocco Baldelli in the ninth inning and grounding out against Cla Meredith of the Baltimore Orioles in his only at-bat. He recorded his first major league hit in the next game, a double in the second inning, on his first at-bat off David Hernandez. He doubled again later in the game against Chris Ray, for his first multi-hit major league game.
He was optioned back to the Triple A-Pawtucket Red Sox on August 5. The move allowed a depleted Red Sox bullpen to use Billy Traber's services. He was recalled the very next day, when Rocco Baldelli was placed on the disabled list with a left ankle contusion.
He again started 2011 in Pawtucket, but was recalled in May 26, 2011 after Darnell McDonald was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad. He was able to stay in the majors after the Red Sox designated Cameron for assignment on June 29, 2011, effectively removing Cameron from the active and 40-man rosters, leaving room for Reddick. On August 7, 2011, he hit his first MLB walk-off knock against the New York Yankees, driving in Darnell McDonald in the bottom of the 10th.
On December 28, 2011, Reddick and two minor leaguers were traded by the Red Sox to the Oakland Athletics for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney.  Oakland general manager Billy Beane has made a habit of trading closers for talented position players as a part of the Moneyball scheme, and was able to flip Bailey, a closer, and Sweeney, who figured to be an extra outfielder for Boston, for a very good young player in Reddick. Reddick played very well for the Oakland A's and impressed Billy Beane. Reddick finished 2012 with a 32 Home Runs and 85 RBIs, both career highs, as he helped lead the A's to the American League Division Series. He was named the American League Rightfield Gold Glove Award Winner on October 30, 2012.
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