Daric Barton, hitting only .077 combined with his base running blunder on opening night and his his fielding gaffe Friday night, was another candidate for a DFA. Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Fuld Designated For Assignment – But Reddick and Barton Stay?


Despite playing a better rightfield and performance at the plate than Josh Reddick, the A’s designated Sam Fuld for assignment Saturday afternoon. The A’s now have 10 days to either trade Fuld, release him, or send him to the minorsCredit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

 

There are moments in nearly every baseball season that leave fans shaking their heads and wondering, “What were they thinking?”

Some are of great magnitude and go back years, changing the fate for a team for years to come; The Babe sold by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee to the Yankees in order to finance No No Nanette in 1920, Triple Crown winner Frank Robinson traded by the Reds in 1965 for Milt Pappas, and many more.

Today’s move by the Athletics – though not the scale of a superstar transaction – with designating outfielder Sam Fuld for assignment while Josh Reddick and his whopping .103 batting average stay with the club falls in line with the same illogical wisdom that have A’s fans wondering beyond belief with a resounding “What?”

The A’s were forced to make a move to clear a roster spot with fellow outfielder Craig Gentry coming off the 15-day disabled list. Gentry, coming off a rehab assignment for a lower back injury, tore up minor league pitching going 6 for 12 with four RBIs split between Single-A Stockton and Triple-A Sacramento.

The A’s now have 10 days to either trade Fuld, release him, or send him to the minors, likely Sacramento. He will first have to clear waivers before the AAA assignment which is doubtful because another team can claim him.

The speedy and popular Fuld started the season hot but has since cooled to .200. His performance at the plate so far has resulted in one HR and two triples this season. Additionally, he can play all three outfield positions and “speed never goes in a slump.”

Josh Reddick still has one option remaining. He's currently batting .103 and was 0-5 in his last game on Wednesday against the Twins with four strike outs and a grounded-into double play Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Reddick still has one option remaining. He’s currently batting .103 and was 0-5 in his last game on Wednesday against the Twins with four strike outs and a grounded-into double play Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Reddick, the A’s regular rightfielder for the past two seasons, is again struggling with only 3 hits, all singles, in 29 at bats for the season so far. Of those 29 at bats he’s struck out 13 times (compared to only 6 by Fuld). Reddick, who sat the last two games, was 0-5 in his last game on Wednesday against the Twins with four strike outs and a grounded-into double play. (The DP came with a runner left stranded on third to end the inning and one of the Ks came with runners in scoring position.)

Additionally, Reddick still has one option left which would have allowed the A’s to send Reddick down to the minors to get it together without risk of losing him.

First baseman Daric Barton was another candidate for a DFA with stats to show he doesn’t belong in the majors. With a BA  a few points worse than Reddick’s – only two hits, also all singles, in 20 ABs (.100) – and his base running blunder on opening night combined with his fielding gaffe Friday night, his value to the team is questioned.

Fans can hope the move to DFA Fuld doesn’t come back to haunt them as Fuld will likely be an addition to another club in the next few days.

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  • Guido

    Fuld is a career 220 hitter. I highly doubt he will come back to haunt us. People need to get over this. Reddick is capable of 30+ Homers. He’s in a slump. All you guys say patience with Johnson… Stop being hypocrites

  • whyme4

    So Guido, how long should we give Reddick? The slump has been going on for over 1 1/2 years now. Last year I thought the one Fansided writer (Can’t recall the name) was really picking on him way to much. Now I have to side with the people who say send him to Sacramento, and hopefully he’ll regain his stoke. The guy really looks lost at the plate even though he hit a couple of balls hard last night. As for Barton I think his defense is way overrated. He gets a fair share of walks which is the Billy Beane thing, I think that’s the only reason he’s still around

    • http://batman-news.com Otis60

      Agreed. But I don’t think Reddick needs to “regain his stroke” as much as get smarter at the plate and quit trying to pull every pitch. Taking a few outside pitches to left field would help the offense, give him more confidence (not to mention a higher batting average), and would change the way he’s pitched and defended, and maybe result in pitches that he COULD actually pull.
      As for Barton, his defense is sucking as badly as his offense. It’s time for him to go and bring up Nate Frieman, who I thought played pretty well last year. And if the problem is that Barton is out of options and they’re worried that someone will grab him from the waiver wire, huh??? Not if they’ve watched him play this year… Besides, it doesn’t make very much sense to have a lefty – lefty platoon at first base.

  • Richard Paloma

    So entering Sunday, Reddick, and his now .091 average, is in the starting lineup. The question now; how much lower must he drop giving away scoring situations as he did last night before the A’s are compelled to do something?
    Sitting him at his point just won’t do. He needs to go back to Sacramento AAA to either regain his swing or give it up all together. His stats were nice in 2012, but since then, despite his defense, he’s been a burden.

    I’m more than willing for the sake of the A’s to eat my words if he turns things around.

  • whyme4

    Otis, well thought out reply about Reddick. I noticed Moss is going to left once in a while.