Another MLB trade deadline has come and gone, and for the second-straight year, the Oakland Athletics were sellers.
Their move — sending outfielder Josh Reddick and starting pitcher Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a slew of highly-rated pitching prospects — is sure to draw the ire of Giants fans who didn’t want to see their Bay Area brethren bolster L.A.’s chances of stealing the division.
For his part, Reddick didn’t seem too torn up about being dealt from the team that acquired him in 2012, when he won a Gold Glove and hit 32 home runs.
After thanking the Oakland organization and fans — including a plea to the right field bleacher creatures to “NEVER CHANGE” — Reddick tweeted, “Can’t wait to start my journey in Dodger blue!!! Let’s win a pennant race!”
Hill’s introduction to the team will come with Hollywood-sized expectations, as reports out of Los Angeles indicate Clayton Kershaw, the best starting pitcher in baseball, could be sidelined for the rest of the season with a back issue.
Hill is another lefty who was also on the disabled list as of Monday, but his was a more manageable ailment: a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
In return, the A’s received pitchers Grant Holmes (last played Class A), Jharel Cotton (Triple-A) and Frankie Montas (spent most of the season on the DL after rib surgery last winter).
In the wake of the trade, Yasiel Puig was informed by the team’s front office that it would be trading or demoting him to the minor leagues.
It’s been a steep dropoff for Puig, who would’ve been too good to trade three years ago during his debut.
One thing to remember for baseball: This is just the first trade deadline. Teams will still be making moves, just not as easily. Now, they’ll have to navigate waivers to exchange players.
That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy for the Dodgers to move Puig, who’s owed $6.5 million next season, $7.5 million in 2018 and isn’t an unrestricted free agent until 2020.
(I, for one, look forward to when Puig is free to make the Dodgers pay for not believing in him. Because if this slight doesn’t get him off the schnide, nothing will.)