Issue: Who’s No. 1?
Analysis: It seems like a no-brainer: Who’s the best player on the A’s?
Come on. It’s Yoenis Cespedes, right? Five tools. Crazy upside. Limitless future, and not a bad presence by any stretch.
But don’t you have to consider Josh Reddick as a strong counter-argument at this point?
You do, and all you need to support your argument is Tuesday night’s A’s victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
First of all, that was a huge win. Sure, it’s early, but the Elephants were in danger of looking like a team that couldn’t even come close to competing within the division.
And while Cespedes certainly played a role in the victory, flashing his insane skill set with a clutch two-run single and a “wow” stolen base, it was Reddick whose star shone the brightest.
His double put the A’s on top for good, providing further evidence that he’s likely going to be a fairly reliable offensive contributor — and boy, do the A’s need as many of those as humanly possible.
More impressive, though, was the cannon he employed in gunning down Albert Pujols for having the temerity to test his arm. It gave Reddick his league-leading fourth outfield assist, and suddenly there’s a question as to whether Reddick or Cespedes has the best arm in the Oakland outfield.
Does that make him better than Cespedes? Perhaps that’s a stretch. He’s certainly not more gifted than Cespedes.
Right now, though, he’s looking like a more consistent performer, and perhaps Oakland’s only consistent performer in the early going. He’s looking like a rock-solid addition, so at the very least he belongs in the conversation regarding the team’s best player.