The Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off what will be a franchise-altering trade deadline day by acquiring power-hitting outfielder Josh Reddick and lefty starter Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics, with three pitching prospects heading to Oakland in return.
A baseball official with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the Dodgers have acquired Hill and Reddick. The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been announced.
Reddick’s acquisition could be a signal the club has a deal in place for former All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig, who has started just one game the past 10 days and is highly expendable with Reddick’s presence.
Reddick, 29, is eligible for free agency after this season but will augment a Dodgers outfield that could use his power. He’s posted a career-best .816 OPS this season, hitting eight home runs while battling injury. Reddick hit a career-high 32 home runs in 2012.
Hill, also eligible for free agency after the year, is currently sidelined with a blister on his throwing hand, but should shortly boost a Dodgers rotation…