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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.
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.
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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