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The Dodgers acquired Marlins righty Ricky Nolasco and international bonus pool money in exchange for Steven Ames, Josh Wall, Angel Sanchez, and cash. Chad had this to say about it: After an extended rumored pursuit of the right-handed starter, the Dodgers landed Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins in a trade for prospects RHP Steven Ames, RHP Josh Wall, and RHP Angel Sanchez, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (confirmed by MLB). The Dodgers are paying Nolasco’s salary, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. International slot money is also involved, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. It’s $197,000, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN. In exchange for a #4 starter in the rotation and extending the reserve of reliable starters to at least six, the Dodgers give up two quality relief prospects and a dynamic arm with homer/hittability problems in A-ball who may profile best as a reliever. I must say, Ned Colletti and company pulled off a very good trade. Nolasco will start Tuesday as Chris Capuano moves to the bullpen and Stephen Fife remains in the rotation. New acquisition Ricky Nolasco will make his Dodgers debut on Tuesday in Arizona and Chris Capuano will move to the bullpen, manager Don Mattingly told reporters before Sunday’s game against the Giants, per David Vassegh of 570 KLAC AM. Capuano was originally scheduled to start the middle game against the Diamondbacks, but has allowed 13 runs on 17 hits in just eight innings over his last two starts. He will now pitch in relief, where he started the season. Capuano in April pitched in two games in relief and struck out four in 2⅔ scoreless innings. The Dodgers will still need to make a roster move to add Nolasco to the active roster, which will be presumably one of Chris Withrow or Jose Dominguez getting optioned. It’s unfortunate that Chris Withrow or Jose Dominguez — and it’ll be Withrow, in all likelihood — has to lose their spot. The Dodgers could carry an extra arm and just rid themselves of one of the excess utility players on the bench, but they won’t. —– The Dodgers dealt Matt Guerrier to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for righty Carlos Marmol and international bonus slot money. Chad had this to say about the deal: This trade is already a total win, as far as I’m concerned. The only way the Dodgers can end up hurting from this is if it’s self-inflicted. Unless they do fix him and sign him to a three-year deal like Brandon League or he doesn’t get fixed and they leave him in to blow close games, Colletti has done excellent here. The Dodgers sent Marmol to the minors to work on his mechanics, which need a ton of work, as Chad detailed here. —– The Dodgers activated Carl Crawford off the diasbled list, with Scott Van Slyke heading back to AAA in a corresponding move. Four healthy and quality outfielders — depending on the severity of Matt Kemp‘s shoulder injury — is a luxury most teams never have. I would have axed Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto, or Jerry Hairston Jr. and kept Van Slyke, but who needs power and offense off the bench, right? Options, options, options. —– Luis Cruz elected to become a free agent rather than accept a minor-league assignment. Dodgers infielder Luis Cruz has cleared waivers but declined his assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque, the club announced on Tuesday before their game against the Rockies at Coors Field, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. Cruz is now a free agent. Cruz, 29, was designated for assignment on Friday to make room on the active roster for outfielder Scott Van Slyke, who was activated from the disabled list. Cruz, who is out of options, had the right to decline his minor league assignment because he had been previously outrighted to the minors in his career. Cruz caught on with the Yankees soon thereafter. —– The Dodgers signed former Cubs player Ian Stewart to a minor-league deal. The Dodgers have reportedly added to their minor league infield depth by signing third baseman Ian Stewart, per both Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Buster Olney of ESPN. The deal is presumably a minor league contract. Stewart, 28, hit just .168/.286/.372 with five home runs in 40 games for Triple-A Iowa this season and knew he didn’t have much of a future with the Cubs, so he took matters into his own hands. He tweeted, “there going to let meRott in AAA all season and then non tender me after,” among other things, then was suspended by the Cubs. The suspension was settled and upheld and the third baseman was granted his unconditional release on June 25. Stewart, who has four years, 50 days of major league service time, was making $2 million this season with the Cubs. His Twitter account has since been deleted. In parts of six big league seasons, the former first-round pick (10th overall in 2003) hit .232/.319/.417 with 59 home runs and 66 doubles in 487 games. Stewart is simply minor-league depth at a position the Dodgers are very thin at. —– Minor-league moves include the release of Aaron Laffey. Released: LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Jonathan Sanchez (Re-signed), 3B Jeffry Rojas, OF David Compton Additionally, per Eric Stephen, Garrett Gould was promoted from High-A to Double-A. A curious move considering his numbers at high-A, but maybe they just wanted to get him out of the environment. —– In amateur signing news, the Dodgers continued to target and sign international talent by inking Alvaro Trillo and Daniel Padilla (Venezuela), as well as Sven Schuller (Germany). Chad has more info on the newest Dodgers. Schuller’s signing was mentioned previously, and no bonus details have been announced yet. Padilla and Trillo both signed for $200,000, according to Kiley McDaniel of Fox Sports. Neither Trillo, Padilla, nor Schuller were ranked among the top 30 international prospects. The Dodgers have now spent $1.4 million on three players in the international market, with Schuller’s bonus still a mystery. After trading for Carlos Marmol, a deal in which the Dodgers acquired $209,700 in bonus money, the team had $2,322,600 to spend in this signing period. So, at most, they have around $900,000 left to work with, unless they are willing to accept penalties. The team’s biggest splash, though, came in the form of international prospect Lucas Tirado, a shortstop from the Dominican Republic. Chad has some additional info on Tirado. In addition to their international signings, the club signed three more of their 2013 draft picks in Billy Flamion (15), Greg Harris (17), and Jose DeLeon (24). ===== Greg Zakwin is the founder of the site Plaschke Thy Sweater Is Argyle. Follow him on Twitter @ArgyledPlaschke and find him contributing at Yahoo! Sports.

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