Josh Reddick is very happy to be a member of the Houston Astros, but maintains that he had a strong desire to sign an extension with the Oakland Athletics before he was traded at last summer's deadline.

"Early on I thought there might have been a slim chance," Reddick told the A's Insider Podcast. ".... It was definitely somewhere I really wanted to make it happen. Once we realized the numbers weren't gonna line up, I think I knew deep down it wasn't gonna happen because I didn't hear back from them after I counter-offered what they offered me.

"You learn to live with it, you expect it from those guys. But I guess deep down I kind of had a special feeling they might have made an (exception) for me."

The Athletics never offered a deal of four years in length, which was important to Reddick.