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Dodgers acquire Josh Reddick, Rich Hill

Josh Reddick (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Josh Reddick (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Rich Hill (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Rich Hill (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

By Jon Weisman

With less than three hours remaining in the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers have made their first move. It might not be their only one.

The Dodgers have acquired left-handed hitting outfielder Josh Reddick and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill, in exchange for minor-league right-handers Jharel CottonGrant Holmes and Frankie Montas.

The 29-year-old Reddick has a career-high .368 on-base percentage and 124 OPS+ this year in 272 plate appearances for Oakland. (He missed five weeks after fracturing his left thumb on a slide May 19.) His 121 weighted runs created is 12th among MLB right fielders.

Against right-handed pitching, Reddick has a .955 OPS this season.

Hill has had an unusual career. At age 36, in his 12th Major League season, he has only 576 big-league innings to his name. He actually is on the disabled list right now, dating back to July 20, because of a blister issue. He also missed pitching in June because of a left groin strain.

However, when healthy in 2016, he has dominated, throwing 76 innings in 14 starts with a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.


While others get the call, Futures Gamer Jharel Cotton keeps it cool


By Cary Osborne

A couple of weeks ago, Dodger pitching prospect Jharel Cotton was lying in bed when he received a text message from his pitching coach at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Matt Herges, asking if he was awake.

The thought crossed Cotton’s mind that something bad had happened — like he had been traded.

So the right-hander from the Virgin Islands called Herges, who then informed him that he had been selected to play for the World Team in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game.

“Throughout the day I was like, ‘Wow! This is really happening,’” Cotton recalled on Sunday at the All-Star Futures Game at Petco Park in San Diego.

It was a well-deserving honor for one of the organization’s top pitchers over the last three years.

The Dodgers’ No. 9 prospect, according to, has had a roller-coaster 2016. He began the season in Oklahoma City’s starting rotation, then had a three-week stint in the bullpen and has been back in the rotation since May 23. In those past nine starts, he has a 3.60 ERA, has held opposing batters to a .169/.244/.292 line and has struck out 61 batters in 50 innings.

But there’s still one call he hasn’t received — the one to the Major Leagues.


Farm Fresh: Calhoun, Cotton in MLB Futures Game

By Bart Harvey

Second baseman Willie Calhoun and right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton were both selected to play in this year’s MLB Futures Game. The game will be played on July 10 at Petco Park, two days prior to the All-Star Game.

  • The 21-year old Calhoun, featured recently at Dodger Insider, has a .799 OPS for Double-A Tulsa, despite a recent 1-for-24 slump, with 14 home runs in 74 games.
  • Cotton allowed four runs in five innings Sunday, but still has 82 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings this year for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Highlights from the Dodger farm system for June 27 follow …


Farm fresh: Jharel Cotton’s second turnaround

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

For the past three seasons, I’ve been fascinated by Jharel Cotton.


Farm fresh: Cotton and Calhoun collect weekly honors

By Cary Osborne

There has to be some extra satisfaction for two highly touted Dodger prospect this week.

Jharel Cotton and Willie Calhoun, two players who got off to quiet starts in 2016, were named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week and Texas League Player of the Week, respectively.


In case you missed it: Organizational news and notes

By Jon Weisman

There have been several bits of business that I’ve been meaning to get to, so I figured the best solution was to bring back the reliable “In case you missed it” feature from Spring Training to capture them all.

Dodgers option Cotton, reassign seven to minor-league camp

Eric Gagne and Rick Honeycutt talk with Jharel Cotton on February 28.

Eric Gagne and Rick Honeycutt talk with Jharel Cotton on February 28.

This afternoon, the Dodgers made their first bulk cuts of Spring Training, optioning right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton to minor league camp and reassigning non-roster pitchers Lisalverto Bonilla, Chase De Jong, Caleb Dirks, Jacob Rhame, Chris Anderson, outfielder Alex Hassan and catcher Kyle Farmer.

Cotton, Rhame, Anderson and Farmer are homegrown prospects, while De Jong, Dirks and Hassan were acquired within the past year. At 27, Hassan is the oldest, followed by the 25-year-old Bonilla (who has been recovering from Tommy John surgery) and Farmer.

— Jon Weisman

In case you missed it: With Ryu possibly out till May, fifth starter handicapping begins

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

Hyun-Jun Ryu won’t be ready for Opening Day. As reported by Ken Gurnick of, he and Dave Roberts acknowledged that the timetable for his return from 2015 shoulder surgery now shifts.

Ryu said May is the target.

“With a surgery like that, I wouldn’t expect to be ready,” Ryu said. “My main goal is to be ready sometime in May and make 20 starts and around 150 innings. That would be successful.”

Though the news is not a complete surprise, it does present one of the most intriguing Dodger storylines to follow this spring.

The race is now on for the fifth spot in the rotation with numerous contenders in camp.


Jharel Cotton is ready for his audition

Jharel Cotton. Photo by Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers

Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers

By Cary Osborne

It’s usually a bad sign when a baseball player has so many different jersey numbers during a season that after the season he can’t even remember what all of them were.

“That’s a hard question,” Dodger prospect and right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton said on what were the different numbers.

And then he gave a sincere apology for not knowing the answer.

No apology needed. And the fact that he wore so many was a very positive sign for Cotton last season.


Dodgers Love L.A.: A uniform day, a unique moment


Matthew Mesa/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

This week of the Dodgers Love L.A. tour (presented by Bank of America) is all about the community … almost.

There’s one other tiny aspect of it, largely unnoticed and not all that important, but meaningful just the same.

For the first time in the new year, a Dodger player puts on his uniform.

That moment, just a few days before Punxsutawney Phil reveals himself, turns on the pilot light for the coming season.

“It was a long season last year, had some ups and downs,” Dodger reliever Chris Hatcher said. “As I’ve gotten longer into baseball, the shorter the offseason gets. This year, I’m raring and ready to go. Putting the jersey on, it pushes it a little closer and in your mind, you’re tightening it up a little bit.”

Putting on the Dodger whites today was particularly special for some players, such as 24-year-old right-hander Jharel Cotton, who did so for the first time as an official Major League member of the 40-man roster.

“It’s coming up really quick,” Cotton said. “I just got done playing ball in November, and it’s already Spring Training. I’m ready to go — I’m excited.”

Added to the thrill for Cotton was getting the opportunity to hang with his teammates, before the season starts.

“It’s a blessing,” he said. “It’s my first time seeing them. It’s been a long offseason for them. I’m just ready to be in the clubhouse and share (moments) with them.”

If this was admittedly just one moment in time for Hatcher, Cotton and the Dodgers, it was a moment of a lifetime for the people they met, including those members of the Wounded Warriors Project who previously wore uniforms of an entirely different kind.

Sporting an Andre Ethier jersey, East Los Angeles native Jonathan Nunez was effusive about the lunch he shared with the Dodgers at City Hall, after joining the team in attending today’s Vin Scully Avenue vote.

“It’s a great honor and a great privilege to not only be associated with the Wounded Warrior Project, but to be alongside these great gentlemen from the Dodgers organization,” said Nunez, who was most thrilled to see past Dodgers including Maury Wills, Eric Karros and Orel Hershiser. “It means the world because it feels they haven’t forgotten about us, and they recognize what we have done for our country.”

Nunez has been involved with Wounded Warriors for six months, as he aims to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder after serving separate tours for the Marine Corps in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“I have seen progress, not only in the way I cope but how I cope,” Nunez said. “I’ve been introduced to veterans with similar problems, and we’ve picked our brains for lack of better words as far as how to deal with our various disorders. We’ve built a network, and because of that I’ve seen a growth in how I act, how I not only deal with my disorders but how I move forward with them.”

And at the end of the day, meeting men and women like Nunez is what meant the most to Hatcher.

“We go out there and play 81 games in front of all of these people,” Hatcher said. “Not very often do we get a chance to get out in the community and socialize with people.”