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09-02

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The Call-Up: Daniel Norris
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Craig Goldstein and Mark Anderson

09-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bo Gone
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Mark Anderson

09-02

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The Call-Up: Maikel Franco
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-30

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Eyewitness Accounts: July 30, 2014
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Mark Anderson

07-23

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The Call-Up: Aaron Sanchez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

07-02

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BP Top 50
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Nick J. Faleris, Mark Anderson and Jeff Moore

06-30

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The Call-Up: Mookie Betts
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

06-17

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The Call-Up: Andrew Heaney
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-05

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The Call-Up: Eugenio Suarez
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Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley

05-29

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The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

05-13

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The Call-Up: Rafael Montero
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

05-01

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The Call-Up: Robbie Ray
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

04-29

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The Call-Up: Randal Grichuk
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

03-19

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/19
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Jason Parks and Mark Anderson

03-05

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Top Tools: Best Slider/Changeup/Command
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

03-04

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Top Tools: Best Fastball/Curveball
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

03-03

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Top Tools: Best Catcher Defense/Catcher Arm
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-28

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Top Tools: Best Outfield Defense/Outfield Arm
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-25

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Top Tools: Best Infield Defense/Infield Arm
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-20

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Top Tools: Best Speed/Makeup
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

02-19

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Top Tools: Best Hit/Power
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Mark Anderson and BP Prospect Staff

10-04

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Advance Scouting Series: Prince Fielder
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Mark Anderson

10-04

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Advance Scouting Series: Miguel Cabrera
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Mark Anderson

09-18

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Transaction Analysis: McDonald's Grimace
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Mark Anderson and R.J. Anderson

09-13

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Covering the Call-Ups, Part Two
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Mark Anderson, Ben Carsley, Jason Cole, Craig Goldstein, Jeff Moore and Bret Sayre

09-13

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Eyewitness Accounts: September 13, 2013
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Mark Anderson and Zach Mortimer

09-04

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The Call-Up: Chris Owings
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

09-04

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Schoop
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

09-03

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The Call-Up: Nick Castellanos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-22

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Youth Movement: New York-Penn League All-Star Game Scouting Notes: Part 2
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Mark Anderson

08-21

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Youth Movement: New York-Penn League All-Star Game Scouting Notes: Part 1
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Mark Anderson

08-19

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The Call-Up: Travis d'Arnaud
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

08-07

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Flores
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-30

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Transaction Analysis: The Tigers Fortify Their Bullpen
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: Altuve, All the Time
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

07-08

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Transaction Analysis: One Less Marlin, and a New National
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Mark Anderson, R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh

06-18

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The Call-Up: Zack Wheeler
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

06-11

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The Call-Up: Gerrit Cole
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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

05-30

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The Call-Up: Alex Colome
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

05-28

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The Call-Up: Nate Karns
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

05-28

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The Call-Up: Nick Franklin
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

05-24

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The Call-Up: Sean Nolin
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

05-04

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The Call-Up: Carlos Martinez
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-30

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The Call-Up: Marcell Ozuna
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-29

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The Call-Up: Nolan Arenado
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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

04-22

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The Call-Up: Jonathan Pettibone
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-20

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The Call-Up: Allen Webster
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-19

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The Call-Up: Hiram Burgos
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-17

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The Call-Up: Tony Cingrani
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

04-15

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The Call-Up: Oswaldo Arcia
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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

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Scouting and fantasy takes on hitter prospects promoted to the majors this month.

We’ve devoted full articles to the most promising prospects promoted to the majors late this season, but we're offering scouting and fantasy takes on the best of the rest in a two-part series. The pitchers ran yesterday. Here are the position players.

JR Murphy, C, Yankees
Scouting Take:
A converted infielder, Murphy has made significant progress as a defender behind the plate, but even that progress leaves him as an adequate defensive catcher. His arm is just average and while he shows occasional quickness with his feet, pop times in the 1.95-2.00 range are relatively unique for Murphy. His receiving is not clean and there is still work to be done to polish his defensive tools. Offensively, Murphy has the balance and strength in his swing to project as a fringe-average hitter with average overall power once he settles into the big leagues. He makes frequent contact and has solid pitch recognition skills that should allow him to contribute in the bottom third of an MLB lineup. —Mark Anderson


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September 13, 2013 6:00 am

Eyewitness Accounts: September 13, 2013

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Mark Anderson and Zach Mortimer

Eyes on Noah Syndergaard, Teddy Stankiewicz, and Manuel Margot.

Direct Links to Individual Player Reports

Noah Syndergaard Teddy Stankiewicz Manuel Margot
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September 4, 2013 1:06 pm

The Call-Up: Chris Owings

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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Diamondbacks' young shortstop has an intriguing speed/power combo, but may not be in line for playing time yet.

The Situation: Ranked as the Diamondbacks no. 3 prospect heading into the season, Owings will make his debut on the heels of a season in which he was named both the Pacific Coast League MVP and Rookie of the Year.

Background: Signed for $950,000 as a supplemental first-rounder in 2009, Owings made his professional debut as a 17-year old in the short-season Pioneer League. After hitting .306 in 24 games during his debut, Owings followed that up with a .298/.323/.447 showing in full-season ball in 2010. Heading to the high-octane environment of the California League in 2011, Owings was expected to post impressive numbers but struggled as he hit just .246 with 15 walks and 130 strikeouts in 121 games. He returned to the California League in 2012 and torched the circuit the second time through, posting a .324/.362/.544 line before being promoted to Double-A. While he hit just .263 with six home runs in 69 games at Double-A last season, Owings was promoted to Triple-A to start the 2013 campaign. In his first taste of the minor leagues’ highest level he hit .330 with 31 doubles and 12 home runs for Reno.

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September 4, 2013 1:03 pm

The Call-Up: Jonathan Schoop

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The Orioles call up an infielder of the future.

The Situation: With the minor-league season complete, the Orioles decided to give Schoop his first taste of the major leagues in the middle of the American League Wild Card race.

Background: Signed out of Curacao in 2008, Schoop has only intermittently posted strong numbers during his minor-league career. After seeing action across three rookie levels—the Dominican Summer, Gulf Coast, and Appalachian Leagues—in 2009 and 2010, Schoop finally got a serious taste of full-season ball in 2011 with Low-A Delmarva. After he posted a .316/.376/.514 line as a 19-year-old, the Orioles promoted him to High-A Frederick where he held his own and hit .271 with 12 doubles and five home runs in 77 games. With Double-A Bowie in 2012 Schoop struggled at times, hitting just .245 with 14 home runs while splitting his time between second base and shortstop. Schoop’s 2013 season has been marred by a stress fracture in his lower back, but he has managed to post a .256/.301/.396 line in 70 games as a 21-year-old in Triple-A.

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September 3, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Nick Castellanos

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Tigers, on the cusp of locking up the division, give their top prospect a look.

The Situation: After winning the first two games of a three-game set against the Indians this weekend, the Tigers appear to be pulling away in the AL Central. The expanding division lead opens an opportunity for the club to play top prospect Nick Castellanos in September.

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Mark looks at the pitchers on display in the NYPL All-Star game.

After looking at the New York-Penn League position players in Part 1 of this series, I take a step back and provide my scouting notes on many of the arms on display in last week’s All-Star contest. Scouting arms in an exhibition setting can be difficult as most pitchers amp up and show max stuff in a one-inning burst, but there is still valuable information to be obtained.

Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Connecticut)
Looks every bit the part of a first rounder; strong durable frame despite being just 6-foot-1; attacked with everything; FB sat 93-94; had 96-98 when he wanted/needed it; FB was explosive and nearly unhittable; SL 85-88 and best secondary pitch of the night; SL was very sharp with incredibly hard two-plane break; two easy plus pitches that both flashed in 7 range; didn’t show CH; a little effort to delivery; arm slot and landing foot were inconsistent; control was spotty; mid-rotation potential but FB-SL will play in late innings as backup.


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In-person reviews of a dozen very young prospects.

Last week the Connecticut Tigers hosted the New York-Penn League All-Star Game with a host of talented young players moving out of the complex leagues and making their professional debuts. Twelve position players garnered most of my attention throughout the evening. While it is always risky placing too much weight on a one-game sample, the following are my notes on the position players who stood out last week.

Oscar Hernandez, C, Tampa Bay Rays (Hudson Valley)
Very good body; good height for a catcher; strong, lean upper body; thicker lower half; has strength to catch and projects for durability; hands work well at the plate; extremely quick to the ball; handled velo and secondary pitches well in this contest; plus bat speed; defense will play; lightning fast hands behind the plate; showed good footwork and quick transfer; plus arm; popped 1.88, 1.94, 2.02; throws consistently on target; throws down to the bag; solid all-around potential; high risk; potential everyday backstop.


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August 19, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Travis d'Arnaud

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The arrivalof John Buck's baby boy precipitates the arrival of baseball's best catching prospect.

The Situation: Mets starting catcher John Buck is away from the team to welcome a baby boy into his family, and to replace him the club will turn to the top catching prospect in the system, calling up Travis d’Arnaud.

Background: Originally selected in the first round by the Phillies in 2007, d’Arnaud had already established himself as a top-flight catching prospect at the time he was dealt to Toronto as a piece in the Roy Halladay trade. After rising to Low-A as a 20-year old with the Phillies, d’Arnaud posted a .259/.315/.411 line in the High-A Florida State League in 2010 and then broke out with a massive .311/.371/.542 slash line for Double-A New Hampshire in 2011. Following that explosive season, d’Arnaud battled through injuries to hit .333 in just 67 games in the high-octane Pacific Coast League in 2012. Last winter, d’Arnaud was the centerpiece in a deal that sent knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, and he has followed up that trade with a nifty .304/.487/.554 line across 19 Triple-A games after returning from injury.

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August 7, 2013 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Wilmer Flores

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Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Mets call up a player you've been hearing about for years.

The Situation: After sending David Wright to the disabled list with a hamstring strain, the Mets will turn to 22-year-old Wilmer Flores to man the hot corner. Flores has been torching the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with a .321/.357/.531 line through 107 games, mostly at second base.

Background: Flores was a high-dollar Venezuelan signing in 2007, inking for a $750,000 signing bonus on his 16th birthday. Despite his youth, the Mets started him off in the rookie-level Appalachian League in 2008 where he notched a .310 average and slugged 24 extra-base hits in 59 games. Promoted to Low-A for the 2009 season, Flores struggled as one of the league’s youngest players, hitting just .264 across 125 games and earning himself a return trip to the South Atlantic League to start the 2010 season. After improving across the board in 2010, Flores took on the High-A challenge as an 18-year-old and hit an impressive .300/.324/.415 in 67 games. Despite his early success in High-A, Flores spent all of 2011 and the first half of 2012 battling in the Florida State League before earning his first shot at Double-A. In the second half of last year, Flores found his stride at the plate and hit .311/.361/.494 down the stretch for Binghamton with 18 doubles and eight home runs. The Mets shipped Flores off to their new Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas this season, and while all Las Vegas stats are buoyed by the accommodating offensive environment, Flores’ .321 average, 36 doubles and 15 home runs are still impressive.

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July 30, 2013 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Tigers Fortify Their Bullpen

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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

Detroit finally adds a late-inning reliever to set up for Joaquin Benoit while the Astros keep padding their farm system.



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July 15, 2013 9:21 am

Transaction Analysis: Altuve, All the Time

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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

The Astros lock up their second baseman, and the Red Sox get a once-dominant reliever.

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The Dodgers get Ricky Nolasco, and the Nats add Scott Hairston.

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