The Los Angeles Dodgers made one of the first big deals of this seasons trade deadline, sending high rated prospects Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes and Jharrel Cotton to the Oakland A’s in return for pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick.
Reaction to the trade has been mixed as many fans didn’t like seeing Montas and Holmes go as they both figured to be big pieces of the team moving forward the next few seasons. But, it is not as if the Dodgers didn’t get any kind of value in return.
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Hill was one of the most prized pitchers available this deadline and landing him has the potential to be a big addition for the Dodgers. Reddick, on the other hand, doesn’t fit as seamlessly into the lineup due to the abundance of outfielders on the roster already. But, he is still a very solid player and the Dodgers did well to acquire him.
Lets take a closer look at the numbers of the two players that the Dodgers got in this deal.
Hill has had a career year this season and is defying all expectations that are normally placed on a pitcher of his age. Being a journeyman for most of his career, you can’t help but feel happy for Hill as he boasts a 9-3 record, to go along with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
He was hitting .315 with an OPS of .830, both of which would have been career high had he been able to maintain them. For the whole season though, Reddick is slashing .296/.368/.449 with 8 homers and 28 RBI’s. His best statistical season came back in 2012 where he hit 32 HR’s to go along with 85’s and had a slash-line of .242/.305/.463.
So both definitely have talent, it’s just a matter of making sure they keep up the good play while wearing Dodger blue. However, no stats will make up for the sting that the team will feel having traded away two of their top-10 prospects in Holmes and Montas, who were ranked 4 and 5 in the organization respectively in the beginning of the year.
Montas hasn’t pitched this season due a nagging rib injury, but the 20-year-old Holmes accrued a record of 8-4 with a 4.02 ERA in class-A ball this season. Jharrel Cotton, the third piece in the trade, has been on watch-lists for many years now and has an 8-5 record to go along with a 4.90 ERA for the Dodgers triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City.
There is no way around it, losing Holmes and Montas sucks. That was a lot to give up for two players who are set to be free-agents this upcoming offseason, but if Hill and Reddick can push the team into the postseason, fans may be more forgiving of giving up such highly touted players.
While the team didn’t get Chris Sale or Chris Archer as many fans had hoped, Hill is by no means a consolation prize. He is putting up extraordinary numbers and if Kershaw comes back could form a potent one-two punch at the top of the rotation. Hill was cheaper than Sale or Archer and while he doesn’t have the upside of either of them, it would have costed much more than just Holmes and Montas to get one of them.
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