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2016 Dodgers review: Frankie Montas

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A pair of rib injuries wiped out the Frankie Montas tenure with the Dodgers, which lasted 7½ months.

What went right

Montas, known for his triple-digit heat, was acquired from the White Sox last December in the three-team Todd Frazier deal, and the Dodgers planned to try him as a starter, with the fallback of a back-end reliever.

When he did pitch in 2016, Montas put up a 2.25 ERA with 22 strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings.

What went wrong

Before his spring training could begin, Montas needed rib resection surgery in February that sidelined him for three months.

After building up in the minors in early June, Montas was on track to start for the Dodgers in Pittsburgh against the Pirates, but instead was sidelined again with a stress fracture in his ribs, related to the earlier surgery. That start instead went to Nick Tepesch.

Montas didn't pitch again in the regular season.

Montas was traded to the A's on Aug. 1, 2016 along with Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes in exchange for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill.

2016 particulars

Age: 23

Stats: 2.25 ERA in 16 IP in Double-A & Triple-A, 22 K, 3 BB

Salary: $510,000, of which he earned a pro-rated share while on the disabled list, roughly $195,000

Game of the year

Montas struck out six and walked none in four innings against Nashville in the second game of a doubleheader for Triple-A Oklahoma City on June 9, allowing one run on two hits.

Roster status

Montas pitched in the Arizona Fall League for Mesa after joining the A's, putting up a 0.53 ERA (one earned run, one unearned run) in 17 innings, with nearly as many walks (8) as strikeouts (9). Montas, now with Oakland, has one option year remaining and 106 days of major league service time.