Reddick stays focused as trade rumors swirl

'I'm here to help the Oakland A's win as long as I can,' he says

Reddick stays focused as trade rumors swirl

OAKLAND -- Though he's been the subject of much trade speculation in recent weeks, Josh Reddick has continued to let his bat do most of the talking.

Even still, with three multihit games since the break under his belt, Reddick doesn't avoid the questions, speaking candidly about being at the center of trade rumors when asked about them, as he was Thursday amid a report surfacing about the Cubs' interest in his services.

"I don't really read a whole lot of it," Reddick said. "I mean, I see it, I just don't get into it with the details. This game's hard enough as it is without worrying about crap like that. I come to the ballpark and do my job. I'm here to help the Oakland A's win as long as I can."

Reddick's solo homer

Manager Bob Melvin remained mostly mum on the topic, but did say, "I hope he's not traded."

Reddick, who missed more than a month with a fractured thumb, entered the day slashing .301/.380/.445 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

Even if Reddick remains in green and gold past the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline, his time in Oakland could very well conclude at season's end, when he'll become a free agent. Reddick said Thursday he's not aware of his camp being in conversation with the A's regarding a contract extension currently.

"Not that I've heard, no," Reddick said. "It's kind of disheartening to know that something hasn't been worked out so far and we're four months into it. It is what it is."

Reddick, 29, insists he wants to remain in Oakland, saying, "I would love to, yeah, but if something doesn't get worked out the way it should be, then obviously I'm not really somebody wanted here."

Reddick was reportedly offered a three-year, $36 million extension by the A's during Spring Training; sources confirm he's adamant about securing four years -- something the A's weren't willing to consider until recently. It may be too late, though, now that his price has gone up.

That likely means the only way for Oakland to hang on to Reddick for at least one more season is via a one-year qualifying offer, which is expected to be north of $17 million this year.

Reddick has yet to consider the possibility of such a scenario.

"I'm not sure," he said. "I haven't given it much thought. Right now, we've just been focused on what's been brought to us. I'm not even going to worry about something that may or may not happen in [the offseason]."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.