The A’s took it down to the wire before dealing big at Monday’s trade deadline, sending lefty Rich Hill and right fielder Josh Reddick to the Los Angeles Dodgers for three highly rated pitching prospects.
The return package for Oakland is a trio of right-handers — Grant Holmes, 20; Jharel Cotton, 24; and Frankie Montas, 23. All are ranked in the Dodgers’ midseason top 10 ranking of prospects by Baseball America: Holmes is No. 3, Montas No. 5 and Cotton No. 8.
The Dodgers and A’s were known to be discussing both Hill and Reddick in recent days. Los Angeles also was after Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, who reportedly was traded from the Reds to the Mets on Monday morning in a deal that is currently being held up because of medical reports for the players involved. It’s all part of a flurry of activity taking place leading up to the 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.
The A’s also were considering a multi-year extension in recent days with the 36-year-old Hill. Extension talks with Reddick that began in spring training never came close to fruition. Instead, the A’s went the “sell” route with their record at 47-58 and their chances for contention oh-so-slim.
Holmes, a first-round pick (No. 22 overall) in 2014, is 8-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts) at high Single-A this season. Montas has pitched in just 16 innings this season due to multiple rib injuries and was on L.A.’s minor league disabled list. He features a fastball that reaches 100 miles per hour. Cotton is 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA in 22 games (16 starts) at the Triple-A level.
With Hill out of the picture, it leaves Sonny Gray, Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea as the three cemented members of Oakland’s rotation. Jesse Hahn is a strong candidate to get called up to start, perhaps as early as Thursday, and the need for arms could extend Dillon Overton’s time with the A’s despite his struggles.
Reddick’s departure is the latest in a string of A’s fan favorites dealt away over the years. He sent out this tweet shortly after the trade was announced:
“I just want to say thank you to the Oakland Athletics organization for the time I spent there. I played in some very memorable and spectacular games. I wouldn’t be where I’m at without Oakland. To my people in the RF bleachers: NEVER CHANGE.”