The Los Angeles Dodgers finally made their move hours before the trade deadline. They acquired starting pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick from the Oakland Athletics. In exchange they will send three pitching prospects to the A’s: Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes, and Frankie Montas.
Dodgers Acquire Rich Hill and Josh Reddick from A’s
Hill, 36, is in the midst of a career year. The lefty is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in fourteen starts. He is currently on the disabled list with blister issues, but could return by the end of this week. He will help bolster a Dodgers’ rotation that has been depleted by injuries this season, most notably Clayton Kershaw who has been out since late June with a herniated disk in his lower back.
Reddick, 29, is batting .296 with 8 HR and 28 RBI this season. He will presumably take over duties in right field as Yasiel Puig has been battling hamstring issues. Puig has also been rumored as a trade piece with the Chicago White Sox, but a deal has not been completed at this point.
The A’s will receive multiple promising prospects from the Dodgers organization. Cotton, 24, is 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA in Triple-A this season in twenty-two games.
Holmes, 20, was the twenty-second overall pick of the 2014 draft, and was the #72 overall prospect at the beginning of the season according to Baseball America. He has spent the majority of this year at Single-A ball in Ranch Cucamonga with a record of 8-4 and a 4.02 ERA.
Montas, 23, was acquired from the White Sox this past off-season. He is currently recovering from a broken rib, and will likely be out another month or two.
Both Hill and Reddick will be free agents at the end of the season. At this point they appear to be rentals for the Dodgers. The Dodgers sit two games back of the San Francisco Giants in the National League Western Division.