The Los Angeles Dodgers met several needs at the no-waiver trade deadline in 2016 when they acquired Rich Hill and Josh Reddick from the Oakland Athletics.
Hill continued to pitch for four seasons with the organization while Reddick left for the Houston Astros in free agency the following offseason.
Reddick struggled during his brief stint with the Dodgers and received a lot of criticism from fans. This was the motivation for him to seek revenge against his former team during the 2017 World Series.
Like most of the 2017 Astros players, Reddick received even more vitriol for the team’s sign-stealing scandal. In response to a fan on Twitter, Reddick accused the Dodgers of also cheating while he was with the team.
Scott Van Slyke, a teammate of Reddick on the 2016 Dodgers, disputed those allegations in a Tweeter:
No cheating when I was a dodger. https://t.co/WThH5M09fF
— ScottVanSlyke (@ScottVanSlick) August 30, 2022
Van Slyke was selected by the Dodgers in the 14th round of the 2005 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut in 2012 and played six seasons with Los Angeles, batting .242/.326/.417 with 44 doubles, 29 home runs and 95 RBIs in 355 games.
Van Slyke was traded to the Cincinnati Reds at the no-waiver deadline in 2017, but did not appear in a game for the club. He then signed a Minor League contract with the Miami Marlins for the 2018 season, but also did not make an appearance until officially retiring.
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