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Athletics trade rumors: Josh Reddick drawing interest from Mets

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In their quest for an outfielder, the Mets have talked to the Oakland A's about Josh Reddick.

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The Oakland As have a player that the New York Mets desperately need in Ben Zobrist, but the Mets may have shifted their sights on another Oakland player -- outfielder Josh Reddick. The Mets recently inquired with A's general manager Billy Beane about Reddick, according to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News.

Another A’s player to monitor is outfielder Josh Reddick. The Mets inquired about Reddick, but came away dubious that Beane would trade him, according to sources. But we’re keeping an eye on this player, who would help this non-existent offense.

Yesterday during a press conference, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson made it very clear that the team was not going to trade their 'big four' pitchers (Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz). Instead Anderson has been dangling the likes of Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini and Michael Fulmer as potential pieces to build a trade around.

At 49-47 and only three games behind the Nationals in the National League East, the Mets are still within striking distance. Michael Cuddyer is hurt, and the Mets aren't going to be able to compete by playing a combination of Eric Campbell, John Mayberry Jr., and Kirk Nieuwenhuis every day. Top hitting prospect Michael Conforto is an option, but the front office is weary of promoting him straight from Double-A at the risk of ruining his long term confidence.

Reddick's name is new to the list of Mets potential targets, joining Justin Upton, Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra. The 28-year-old is under team control through the 2016 season. In 89 games this season, he has hit .283 with a .339 on-base percentage with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs. Just based off of those numbers, he is a massive upgrade for them in the outfielder.

With the A's official open for business after moving Scott Kazmir yesterday, the floodgates may open with Zobrist and Reddick becoming available. The Mets might just be the team that takes the next bite.