Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers have acquired outfielder Josh Reddick and starting pitcher Rich Hill from the Athletics. He says that pitching prospects Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas and Grant Holmes are heading to Oakland.
Reddick was seen as the fallback option for a team who wanted outfield help but didn’t land Jay Bruce. But to be honest, he’s probably a better player than Bruce. He’s hitting .296/.368/.449 with eight homers on the season in 68 games. He missed time with a broken thumb. He’s 29 and is earning $6.575 million this season and can become a free agent at season’s end.
Hill has missed a lot of time this year with a groin strain and blister issues, but he’s been excellent when he’s been healthy, going 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 90/28 in 76 innings. Hill is also poised to be a free agent. The Athletics were trying to extend both Reddick and Hill, but were unable to get any deals done so on the block they went.
Cotton is 24 and was a 20th round pick in 2012. He’s 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year. Holmes was the Dodgers first round pick in 2014. He’s 20 and is currently pitching in high-A ball. Montas pitched seven games for the White Sox last season but has spent this season between Double-A an Triple-A, where he has pitched effectively. He’s 23. He found his way to Los Angels in the three-team Todd Frazier deal last winter.
These three players are, by some measures, the Dodgers’ 5th 8th and 13th-ranked prospects, which seems like a lot to give up for two rentals. But the Dodgers are only two games back of the Giants, so every little bit on the big league level helps right now. Also, it’s worth noting that not all 5th, 8th, and 13th-ranked prospects are created equally across organizations. To wit: