As the MLB trade deadline gets closer, teams are scrambling to fill voids in order to make a championship run. The Cubs have already made their move by acquiring the fire-throwing Cuban relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees. The Mets made a move today to get All-Star slugger Jay Bruce from the Reds. The Rangers made multiple moves, landing Johnathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran. And now the Dodgers made their move by acquiring Josh Reddick and Rich Hill.
The Dodgers sit 2 games back in the division behind the Giants, so this move shows that they are not just gunning for a wild card spot, they are looking to be division champions yet again. With injuries to pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy, and Bud Norris, and losing Zack Greinke to the Diamondbacks in the offseason, getting a top pitcher heading into the playoffs was a priority. Rich Hill has been red hot all year and the Dodgers are hoping he continues that play. Josh Reddick adds experience to the Dodgers young outfielders. With Trayce Thompson and Joc Pederson trending up in their young careers, Reddick will bring playoff experience and knowledge to the clubhouse.
Both of these guys contracts are set to end at the end of next season, so the Dodgers are hoping they can get the most out of them while they still have a championship caliber team. With the Cubs, Nationals, Mets, Dodgers, Giants, and Marlins all pushing for playoff spots in the NL, it will be a hell of a lot of fun to watch these teams battle it out down the stretch.
Oakland will miss you Josh Reddick, thank you for all the memories!
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.