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Athletics trade rumors: Angels inquired on Josh Reddick, Ben Zobrist

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The division rivals discussed a trade that would've sent Reddick to the Angels through the Red Sox, who would have acted as a liaison.

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UPDATE (TUESDAY) - When the Angels reached out to Oakland about Reddick, they received a flat "no", according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The Angels also inquired about the availability of Ben Zobrist, who is considered one of the more likely players to be dealt before the deadline and has drawn strong interest from the Royals, Cubs, Mets, Yankees and Nationals so far this summer.

ORIGINAL - The Angels tried to acquire outfielder Josh Reddick from the Athletics before the resignation of general manager Jerry Dipoto, according to a report from Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Gonzalez notes that the Angels tried to get the Red Sox involved in a potential three-way deal, with Boston acting as a "liaison" that could acquire Reddick and then flip him to the Angels.

Gonzalez notes that the talks "never really got off the ground", and that the team continues to look for left-handed hitting outfielders on the trade market. A source confirms that Reddick and "a few other left-handed bats" are on the team's radar at this point.

Reddick is thought to be a trade candidate if the Athletics decide to trade major pieces at the deadline, especially in the wake of his recent negative comments about how the front office handles his playing time. There is some speculation that the Athletics' front office may increase their willingness to trade Reddick as a result of the comments, especially after reports during the offseason that the team's trade of Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays was motivated by a dispute between Donaldson and general manager Billy Beane.

The Angels have also looked at Adam Lind, Gerardo Parra, Ben Revere on the trade market, and have been linked to Jay Bruce, Andre Ethier and Brandon Moss as well. The team appears likely to add a lefty outfielder to their lineup and continues to conduct due diligence on available options at this time.