With the Oakland Athletics struggling this season and unlikely to reach the postseason, the team became sellers before the trade deadline on Monday.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Oakland traded starting pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the Athletics will "be receiving a number of prospects" in return in addition to Jharel Cotton.
Hill, 36, has been excellent this season, posting a 9-3 record with a 2.25 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched. Hill was also the American League Pitcher of the Month for May.
This season has been quite the renaissance for Hill, who hadn't started 10 or more games in a season since 2009. But after a dominant four-game showcase for the Red Sox last season and his excellent form this year, the veteran has surprisingly ascended to one of the most attractive starters on the trade block.
Hill isn't letting the potential of being traded distract him, however, as he told the Bradfo Show podcast (via Rob Bradford of WEEI.com):
...Experience has taught me that staying in the moment is the most advantageous thing that you can do. That’s basically what I’ve been doing every single day, staying in the moment and preparing myself for my next start here in Oakland. I’m being 100 percent honest about this, there really hasn’t been too much thought about being traded somewhere. The only thing that I can control is what I’m doing today and that’s really it. I’m doing everything I can do in that day to get better and work toward that next start. It’s something out of my control.
That mentality should serve Hill well, despite the fact that he's currently recovering from a blister that has sidelined him.
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