Dodgers trade Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes to A’s for Rich Hill, Josh Reddick.

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Josh Reddick has eight home runs and a .296 batting average for the A’s this year. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have traded minor league pitchers Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes to the Oakland A’s for pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick.

The five-player swap is the Dodgers’ largest — and so far only — move on the day of baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. Trades must be completed by 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Willie Calhoun and Jharel Cotton escape the heat at Futures Game.

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SAN DIEGO — Willie Calhoun and Jharel Cotton got a jersey, a hat, a break from the summer Oklahoma humidity and the memory of a lifetime Sunday.

Calhoun, a second baseman at Double-A Tulsa, and Cotton, a pitcher at Triple-A Oklahoma City, were the only two participants in the Futures Game at Petco Park from the Dodgers’ organization. Calhoun went 0-for-2 in two plate appearances, and Cotton threw three pitches. But there was more to it than that.

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Oklahoma City Dodgers announce their starting rotation.

Today was the first day of workouts in Oklahoma City for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. The OKC Dodgers are expected to release a formal roster tomorrow.

In the meantime, we have a starting rotation: Zach Lee, Jharel Cotton, Jeremy Kehrt, Carlos Frias and Julio Urias.

Via The Oklahoman’s website, here’s why Lee is pitching on Opening Day on Thursday:

Lee, 24, was OKC’s rotation anchor last season, going 11-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 19 starts.
He battled to the final week for a spot in the major league rotation, but ultimately lost out to rookie Ross Stripling.

His work and schedule made him the choice for Thursday.
“It’s just coming out of spring training it’s the way they have him lined up,” [manager Bill] Haselman said. “I don’t think it was a decision over anybody in particular. It’s just a process of what falls into place.”

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Dodgers send eight to minor-league camp in first round of cuts.

The Dodgers front office met on the diamond after Yaisel Sierra threw live BP today. #Dodgers #springtraining #baseball

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will have eight fewer names to remember when he greets his clubhouse tomorrow.

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More Brett Anderson surgery fallout: Who’s a starter and who’s a reliever?

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Brett Anderson isn’t expected back in Dodgers camp for a week after undergoing back surgery Thursday. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brett Anderson can’t do anything right now.

That was Dave Roberts‘ response when I asked him for an update about the left-handed pitcher who underwent surgery on a bulging disk in his lower back Thursday. Anderson isn’t expected back in camp for another week.

“As I understand it, he’s just supposed to kind of lay low right out of surgery,” Roberts said.

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