OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick became the first A's outfielder in 27 years to win a Gold Glove, capping a debut season in Oakland that was more than anyone anticipated.
Reddick was named the American League's best defensive right fielder in a vote by managers and coaches, beating out Kansas City's Jeff Francoeur and Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo, the other finalists.
The A's made the announcement Tuesday night just before ESPN2's Gold Glove show hit the air. Reddick, excited to have won, paused his conference call with Bay Area reporters for a moment to watch when his name and picture flashed on the screen.
"It's a true honor to be in this category with everybody," Reddick said. "I'm just happy the A's gave me the opportunity and I could pull it off for them."
The A's hadn't had a Gold Glove winner at any position since third baseman Eric Chavez won in 2006.
Center fielder Dwayne Murphy was the last A's outfielder to be honored back in 1985.
Reddick, 25, was the key acquisition from Boston last offseason in the Andrew Bailey trade. He showed fantastic range and a knack for the highlight play — whether it was scaling the wall for a catch or charging in to make a diving play. He finished third in the majors with 15 outfield assists — only Francoeur, with 19, threw out more base runners.
A's outfield coach Tye Waller said he arrived at spring training not knowing what the team had in Reddick.
"I saw the arm strength, but the accuracy is what surprised me," Waller said. "His ability to come in, go side to side was impressive. I had some concern that as a young guy in the league, he wouldn't' get attention. But he played a Gold Glove-caliber right field."
Both cleared outright waivers Tuesday and elected free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Sacramento.
Braden pitched one of the most memorable games in A's history on Mother's Day 2010, when he threw the major leagues' 19th perfect game in a victory over Tampa Bay.
But the left-hander has missed most of the past two seasons with shoulder problems that required two surgeries, and he's likely to miss the first half of next season.
Devine, a right-handed reliever, has missed three of the past four seasons while recovering from two "Tommy John" surgeries on his right elbow.
Braden was likely due a salary in the $3-4 million range as a second-year arbitration player, and given the A's have watched a new crop of effective young starters emerge, he saw the handwriting on the wall.
"If you don't go out and pitch, you can't expect anything," said Braden, 29. "I'm very thankful to have been given this opportunity to try to make the dream come true, as cliché as it sounds. There's no ill feelings."