5. Trading for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick
Speaking of rivals who Dodgers fans hate, before he was a polarizing member of the Houston Astros, Josh Reddick was a late-season trade acquisition by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Back in the days of the waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers acquired Reddick and Rich Hill in 2016 for the last month of the season.
Reddick ultimately did not make a difference for the Dodgers and he quickly bolted for the Astros in the offseason. Not only is Reddick despised because of his ties to the Astros, but he is also despised for his previous comments about Dodgers fans.
Hill, meanwhile, became one of the most beloved members of the Dodgers. Los Angeles signed Hill to a three-year contract after trading for him, and while he dealt with various injuries in his career, he was an overall positive part of the rotation.
Heck, if Dave Roberts doesn’t pull Hill in Game 4 of the 2018 World Series, then he might have two rings on his hand right now. Hill constantly showed up when the stakes were the highest for the Dodgers.
Like the other trades on this list, the main return for the Oakland Athletics did not amount to anything, as former top prospect Grant Holmes is still in the minors. However, side piece Frankie Montas did turn into a quality starter for Oakland. Montas has big potential, but his impact to the A’s has not amounted to what Hill did for the Dodgers.