The Los Angeles Angels have made trade inquires on two Oakland Athletics' players, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Gonzalez reported that the Angels have inquired on A's outfielder Josh Reddick, and while Rosenthal confirmed that report, he also noted that the Angels have inquired on super utility man Ben Zobrist as well.
However, as Rosenthal reports, the Angels were given a "flat 'no'" on Reddick, considering he is an affordable option for the Athletics. GM Billy Beane resisted offers for Reddick all last offseason, even as he made many moves to shake up the team.
Reddick reportedly angered some folks in the A's organization after he commented on them leaving him out of the lineup. Despite this, the Athletics are unlikely to make any rash moves, as Rosenthal notes that Beane rarely acts out of emotion.
It's no secret that the Angels would like an upgrade in left field, where Matt Joyce is currently struggling to a .192/.284/.313 line. They have also reportedly inquired on the Phillies' Ben Revere and showed interest in the Brewers' Adam Lind and Gerrado Parra.
The 28-year-old Reddick is hitting a solid .288/.346/.463 in 312 plate appearances and would definitely qualify as a "better" option for the Angels.
Zobrist, like Reddick, is having a successful season himself. The 34-year-old is hitting .267/.354/.450 in 209 plate appearances. Zobrist can play both the infield and outfield successfully, giving him a ton of potential suitors at the upcoming trade deadline.