Houston Astros sign Josh Reddick.

Josh Reddick

Josh Reddick slashed .258/.307/.643 in 47 regular season games with the Dodgers. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Outfielder Josh Reddick, who played 57 games for the Dodgers in 2016, has signed with the Houston Astros for four years and $52 million.

The Dodgers acquired Reddick from the Oakland A’s on Aug. 1. He proceeded to slash .258/.307/.335 in 47 regular-season games, and .308/.321/.308 in the postseason. Because he was traded during the season, Reddick wasn’t eligible to receive a qualifying offer — a one-year contract that would have allowed the Dodgers to gain a 2018 draft pick if Reddick signed elsewhere.

The Dodgers acquired Reddick in large part because of the uncertainty around right fielder Andre Ethier, who fractured his leg in spring training and wasn’t cleared to play until September. When Ethier returned — and hit effectively — Reddick’s long-term value to the Dodgers diminished. Ethier has no-trade protection and another year left on his contract. Between him and rookie Andrew Toles, the left-handed hitting corner outfielder roles were already filled. Reddick’s quick exit came as little surprise.

Nine Dodgers players become free agents, including Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner.

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Justin Turner and Chase Utley became free agents on Thursday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner are free agents as of today, along with seven other Dodgers whose contracts expired the day after the World Series: Rich Hill, Joe Blanton, Chase Utley, Josh Reddick, J.P. Howell, Brett Anderson and Jesse Chavez.

A total of 139 players became free agents around MLB. That does not include Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz; the club has until Monday to exercise his 2017 contract option.

Colleague Bill Plunkett has the details.

The Dodgers’ NLDS roster: This is not a guess.

Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.

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Game 158: The Dodgers’ hunt for home-field advantage might have left the yard.

Joc Pederson

Andrew Toles and Joc Pederson celebrate Pederson’s fourth-inning home run on Wednesday in San Diego. (Getty Images)

Hunter Renfroe might be the only person to leave San Diego with home-field advantage after the Padres’ star had another big night in a 6-5 Dodgers loss. The box score is here.

Charlie Culberson‘s home run Sunday linked him with Vin Scully forever, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Two postscripts:

1. Ross Stripling threw from the stretch with the bases empty today. He said he didn’t warm up out of the windup in the bullpen before coming in. The right-hander gave up two hits in three innings (one was a double that led to the winning run) and said he might just roll with it now that he’s reliving full-time.

2. Josh Reddick famously wore a “don’t bunt” T-shirt recently while visiting with Vin Scully. So why did he bunt in the ninth inning? “They’re giving you a free hit with the shift,” he said. The Padres had abandoned third base with the left-handed hitting Reddick at the plate.

Here’s what else they were saying after the game:
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Game 119: Adrian Gonzalez goes off for two home runs in Philadelphia

Adrian Gonzalez hit two home runs as the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-2. The box score is here.

Dodgers right fielder Josh Reddick is confident that his numbers will perk up. Reddick is batting .170 since he was acquired from the Oakland A’s.