Dodgers prospect’s trade-deadline joke backfires when he's traded

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One of running jokes of the modern trade deadline is the #HugWatch — when over-eager fans watch for players to hug each other on the field, signaling, in their conclusion-jumping minds, that one of them has been traded.

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On Sunday, Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Grant Holmes was seen hugging his teammates on the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin was quick to report, however, that Holmes was just “messing around.” He hadn’t actually been traded.

Well, the MLB trade-deadline ain’t no joke. And on Monday, Holmes was traded — as one of the three pitching prospects the Dodgers parted with in exchange for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill of the Oakland Athletics.

As Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reported, the A’s got Holmes, plus Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton. That’s three of the Dodgers’ top 13 prospects, according to

Instead of hugs, Holmes was caught in a moment of surprise on the team bus. Here’s a picture snapped and tweeted by teammate Alex Burgos minutes after the news broke on Twitter.

Exactly five minutes later, Holmes sent out a tweet of his own.

All of this is so 2016.

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