The Oakland A’s have dealt 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Reddick and 36-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 24-year old starting pitcher Jharel Cotton, 23-year old righty starter/reliever Frankie Montas and 20-year old righty starting pitcher Grant Holmes.
Reddick played in 68 games for the A’s this year and he was 72 of 243 (.296 avg, .816 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 8 homers, 28 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He played in 596 games in his five years with the A’s and he is 546 of 2,128 (.257 avg, .761 OPS) with 292 runs scored, 84 homers, 300 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. Reddick won a Gold Glove for the A’s in 2012. He is tied for #33 in homers (84) and he is #34 in SLG (.440) in A’s history. Reddick was a fan favorite and he is going to be missed. Hill is currently on the D.L. due to a blister problem. Hill pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the A’s this year and he was 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He gave up 55 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 90 batters in his 76 innings for the A’s this year. He was far and away the best pitcher on the A’s pitching staff this year.
Cotton came into this season as the Dodgers’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America. Cotton has pitched in 22 games (16 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Dodgers and he is 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Cotton has given up 80 hits and 32 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 97 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year. Cotton has now pitched in 94 games (59 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 23-24 with a 3..77 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Montas came into 2016 as the Chicago White Sox’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America before he was dealt to the Dodgers last winter. Montas pitched in 7 games (4 starts) in AA+AAA-ball this year for the Dodgers and he was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has given up 14 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 22 batters in 16 innings in the minors so far this year. Montas pitched in 7 games (2 starts) for the White Sox last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Montas has now pitched in 99 games (84 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 16-25 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Holmes came into this season as the Dodgers’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America. Holmes pitched in 20 games (18 starts) in A-ball this year and he is 8-4 with 1 save, a 4.02 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He gave up 103 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 100 batters in his 105 1/3 innings in the minors this year for the Dodgers. Holmes has now pitched in 55 games (52 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 16-11 with 1 save, a 3.61 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.
I know that A’s fans’ don’t want to hear this, but this was a deal that they just couldn’t refuse making!