Josh Reddick was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 but wasn't called up from the minors until 2009. Reddick went back and forth between Pawtucket and Boston until 2011, when he was recalled in May and remained with Boston when a slot opened up on the 40-man active roster. He was traded in December 2011 to the Oakland Athletics with two minor league players when the Sox acquired Ryan Sweeney and Andrew Bailey.
Reddick had a successful first season with Oakland and finished the year with 32 homers and 85 RBIs. In the first half of 2013, he hit .222 with four home runs and 32 RBIs for Oakland.