In response to dgalehouse's comment:
It sounds like you guys are carrying the water for Cherington. Don't want to admit that he made a bad trade here. I don't want to kill Ben C. , but let's just be honest here. This is Reddick's first year playing full time. No platoon. He is batting .245 , 31 homers , 81 RBIs , 28 doubles , 5 triples , 11 stolen bases and 14 outfield assists. A pretty darn good season by any standard. Salty , in a much more hitter-friendly park , is batting .226 , 24 homers , 56 RBIs , 17 doubles , 1 triple , no stolen bases ( although many have been stolen on him ). There is no comparison between these two players. I am willing to admit that Andrew Bailey may turn out to be a good closer for us next year, but it is also very possible that Reddick will also improve next year. There is no shame in admitting that , at this point , it looks like Oakland got the better of this trade. No need to rip Reddick in trying to defend Ben's deal.
Are you being serious? Reddick has 160 more at bats than Salty. You think that might be part of the discrepancy?
Reddick's OPS is 776, Salty's is 746. They are having a very similar offensive year.