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    • R.J. Alvarez goes to A's with Hahn
      Athletics acquired RHP R.J. Alvarez from the Padres in the Derek Norris trade.

      Advice: Alvarez has now been traded twice in five months, as he went from the Angels to the Padres in the Huston Street deal. The 23-year-old allowed just one run in eight innings with the Padres and posted a 1.25 ERA and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 Double-A frames last season. Sean Doolittle is locked in as the A's closer, but Alvarez has the upside to eventually pitch in the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Athletics get Jesse Hahn from Padres
      Athletics acquired RHPs Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from the Padres in exchange for C Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117.

      Advice: Hahn had a breakout showing with the Padres in 2014, posting a 3.07 ERA while striking out 70 over 73 1/3 innings. He's had past arm issues, but if he can stay healthy he should maintain plenty of fantasy upside pitching half his games at O.co Coliseum. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    • Norris lands with Padres in four-player trade
      Padres acquired C Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117 from the Athletics in exchange for RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn.

      Advice: The trade was reported a couple hours ago and has already been made official. An All-Star in 2014, Norris batted .270/.361/.403 with 10 homers for the A's last season. He's struggled defensively and against right-handed pitching, but Norris should still be an above-average offensive catcher even if he doesn't improve versus righties. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:49 pm
    • Joe Wieland acquired by Dodgers
      Dodgers acquired RHP Joe Wieland from the Padres in the Matt Kemp trade.

      Advice: Wieland has logged just 85 1/3 innings since the beginning of 2012 due to elbow issues, but he'll enter spring training healthy. The Dodgers are set in their rotation for now, but Wieland will be among the top candidates to fill in once the inevitable Brett Anderson injury comes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:39 pm
    • Dodgers officially acquire C Yasmani Grandal
      Dodgers acquired C Yasmani Grandal and RHPs Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin from the Padres in exchange for OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz and cash considerations.

      Advice: Grandal came on strong at the end of last season as he further distanced himself from ACL surgery, hitting .291/.408/.519 with four homers in September. The switch-hitting catcher has plenty of upside offensively and the Dodgers are hoping he'll help offset some of the offense they'll lose by trading away Kemp. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    • Padres get Tim Federowicz in Kemp deal
      Padres acquired C Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers in the Matt Kemp trade.

      Advice: Federowicz has a strong defensive reputation but has hit just .194/.247/.300 over his first 271 big league plate appearances. With Derek Norris and Ryan Hanigan on the roster, Federowicz is headed to Triple-A to start the season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:31 pm
    • Padres make deal for Matt Kemp official
      Padres acquired OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz and cash considerations from the Dodgers in exchange for C Yasmani Grandal and RHPs Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin.

      Advice: The trade took longer than expected to be officially completed, reportedly due to the discovery of Kemp dealing with arthritis in both hips, but it's now in the books. San Diego will receive $32 million to cover a big portion of the $107 million Kemp is still owed. Kemp had a nice bounce-back season in 2014, batting .287/.346/.506 with 25 homers and 89 RBI. He'll be surrounded by less talent than he was last season, though the Padres have done their best to rebuild their offense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:28 pm
    • Smith given verbal assurance of no trade
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Seth Smith was given verbal assurance when he signed an extension that he would not be traded this offseason.

      Advice: As Rosenthal notes, the assurance came before A.J. Preller took over as general manager. However, the same ownership is still in place, and while they don't technically have to honor the verbal agreement, it would look pretty bad if they didn't. Smith has drawn trade interest with the Padres suddenly overflowing with outfielders, but it sounds like he might be staying put. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:17 pm
    • Padres get Norris from A's for Hahn, Alvarez
      Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Padres have acquired Derek Norris from the Athletics.

      Advice: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the Padres are also getting pitching prospect Seth Streich and an international signing slot, while the A's will receive Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. It's yet another big trade made by general manager Billy Beane, who has decided to shake up the roster after another brief playoff appearance. An All-Star in 2014, Norris batted .270/.361/.403 with 10 homers for the A's last season. He's not eligible for arbitration until after 2015. Hahn is a big get for the A's and should be able to slide into Jeff Samardzija's rotation spot nicely. Alvarez could eventually be a closer candidate in Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:59 pm
    • Matt Kemp trade expected to be completed
      Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Padres "have worked through lingering issues" and the Matt Kemp trade is "all but done."

      Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier Thursday that the holdup with the Kemp trade was due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips. Despite the revelation, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne says the Dodgers will not have to give up any more than the $32 million they originally agreed to. The Padres will also receive Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers, with the Dodgers receiving Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Eflin will then be flipped to the Phillies for Jimmy Rollins. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:33 pm
    • Rockies showing interest in Harang, Correia
      MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies are showing interest in Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Their interest in Correia and Kendrick had already been reported, but Harang's name is new. Harding also lists the Rockies as having interest in Josh Johnson, but he's reportedly close to re-signing with the Padres. Harang had a solid season for the Braves in 2014, posting a 3.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings. However, he's a flyball pitcher who would probably be a terrible fit at Coors Field. Rotoworld.com
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    • Stephen Vogt has walking boot removed
      Stephen Vogt had the walking boot removed from his surgically-repaired right foot Thursday.

      Advice: Vogt had surgery in October to repair the plantar plates in his foot. It's an injury he dealt with throughout the second half of the season and he noted Thursday that it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without any pain. Vogt will be fine for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:26 pm
       
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    • Padres close to 1-yr deal with Josh Johnson
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:57 pm
       
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    • Medlen expected to pitch in second half
      Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.

      Advice: Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:45 pm
    • Royals designate Giavotella for assignment
      Royals designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Kris Medlen on the 40-man roster. Giavotella was once considered a promising prospect with the Royals, but he owns a .238/.277/.334 batting line over 465 plate appearances in the majors and turns 28 next July. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:14 pm
       
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    • Ichiro receiving some consideration from O's
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent Ichiro Suzuki is "receiving some consideration" from the Orioles.

      Advice: Baltimore is currently in the mix for a number of free agent outfielders, including Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and Delmon Young. Ichiro batted just .284/.324/.340 in 143 games this past season for the Yankees. He turned 41 years old in late October. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:57 pm
       
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    • Kevin Correia more engaged with 3-4 teams
      According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Kevin Correia has become "more engaged" with 3-4 teams.

      Advice: In other words, he may be getting close to choosing a team. Correia posted a rough 5.44 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances this past season between the Dodgers and Twins. He should come very cheap. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:31 pm
       
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    • Royals sign Kris Medlen to 2-yr, $8.5M pact
      Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

      Advice: Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    • Rockies sign Audry Perez to minors deal
      Rockies signed C Audry Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Perez appeared in one game this past season for the Cardinals. The 25-year-old catcher has a troubling .293 career on-base percentage in the minor leagues and probably won't see much action in Colorado. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:06 pm
       
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    • Mariners re-sign infielder Carlos Rivero
      Mariners re-signed 3B Carlos Rivero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Rivero was non-tendered by the M's earlier this month, but he's now back with the organization on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. The 26-year-old infielder spent most of the 2014 season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .264/.324/.379 in 105 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:57 am
       
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    • Mariners sign Mark Lowe to minors contract
      Mariners signed RHP Mark Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Lowe made just seven appearances in 2014, allowing 10 hits and six walks in seven innings for the Indians. The 31-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to crack Seattle's Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:54 am
       
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    • White Sox reach agreement with C Kottaras
      White Sox signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Kottaras hopped between three different organizations in 2014, appearing in only 18 games at the major league level. He'll be depth at catcher for the Pale Hose. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:43 am
       
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    • BoSox in 'active' talks for Allen Craig trade
      According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are in "active" Allen Craig trade talks with at least one team.

      Advice: Craig batted just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the July 31 trade that sent he and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for John Lackey. Craig hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury late in the 2013 season and he's owed $26.5 million over the next three years. Boston probably won't be able to get much in return. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:21 am
       
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    • A's DFA right-hander Fernando Rodriguez
      Athletics designated RHP Fernando Rodriguez for assignment.

      Advice: Oakland signed Rodriguez to a one-year deal on December 2, avoiding arbitration, but it was only worth around $100,000 more than the major league minimum. He got bumped from the A's 40-man roster Thursday to clear a spot for new left-hander Eury de la Rosa. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:11 am
       
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    • A's acquire Eury de la Rosa from Diamondbacks
      Athletics acquired LHP Eury de la Rosa from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

      Advice: The 24-year-old left-hander was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week to clear a spot for one of the players Arizona brought back in the Wade Miley trade. He owns a 4.21 ERA in 51 1/3 major league innings but had promising numbers in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:07 am
    • Matt Kemp trade held up due to hip arthritis
      According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the holdup with the Matt Kemp trade is due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips.

      Advice: Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday morning that "everything is OK" and he is "just waiting on the final details" of the deal to be sorted out, but maybe this thing really will fall apart. Kemp is signed through 2019, and hip arthritis sounds like the type of ailment that is only going to get worse as he moves later into his 30s. Kemp was supposed to be headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Nightengale says the Friars are consulting medical experts. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 am
    • Kemp 'waiting on final details' for SD trade
      Matt Kemp's agent Junior Spivey said Thursday that he's "just waiting on the final details" for the trade that will send his client to the Padres.

      Advice: There have been murmurings that something troublesome was found during Kemp's physical exam, but Spivey told Rosenthal that "everything is OK" and the four-player trade sending Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin to Los Angeles "should be good to go." The Padres may be trying to get the Dodgers to take on a bit more of the $107 million that Kemp is owed. Right now, L.A. is set to cover $31 million. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:34 am
    • Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for opener
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind." Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:51 am
    • Rockies 'looking at' starter Kyle Kendrick
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rockies are "looking at" free agent Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Kendrick has a decent career groundball rate, which is a nice fit for the light air of Coors Field, but the 30-year-old right-hander also owns a putrid 4.42 career ERA and 4.9 career K/9 in eight major league seasons. Colorado continues to aim low. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:25 am
       
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    • Seth Smith being discussed in trade talks
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports he's hearing Seth Smith's name often in trade talks.

      Advice: With the recent deals for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers the Padres suddenly have an excess of outfielders. Smith got off to a great start to his 2014 season before finishing with a .266/.367/.440 line. Smith, 32, is due $6 million next season and is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017, so he could be an attractive option for a team in need of left-handed power in the corner outfield or at first base. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:00 pm
    • Padres still 'inconclusive' on Kemp physical
      A Padres official told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the team is "still inconclusive" in its evaluation of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: The official also said the trade is "not yet" in jeopardy, and Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers have been told nothing in regards to concerns about the physical. The Padres were supposed to meet Wednesday to discuss the physical in advance of Thursday's deadline to complete the deal. There's certainly cause for concern that the trade won't be completed as-is, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything shakes out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:54 pm
    • Ross deciding between Red Sox, Cubs, Padres
      According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, free agent catcher David Ross is deciding between the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres.

      Advice: The Cubs are notable because a signing there would reunite Ross with buddy Jon Lester. Ross is 37 years old and his best days are behind him, but as a veteran backstop on a cheap deal, he provides a nice defensive presence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:08 pm
       
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    • Padres meeting to discuss Kemp physical
      USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the Padres are meeting to discuss the results of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. According to Nightengale, the Padres "believe that [Kemp's] physical is fine," but are "still waiting for final details." Should the trade go through, the pieces expected to head to the Dodgers are Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is then expected to be flipped to the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins deal. In addition to the Kemp situation, the team is also in the midst of discussing a trade with the Rays for Wil Myers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:29 am
    • Kemp's physical could hold up trade to Padres
      Bleacher Report's Will Carroll hears that "rumors....are starting to get louder" about a possible failed physical by OF Matt Kemp.

      Advice: Kemp was all set to be traded to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin pending a physical. It's important to note that nothing is official, but the silence on the situation is curious. Kemp has suffered numerous injuries over the course of his career. When he's healthy, he's been an elite bat. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:05 am
    • Matt Kemp to take Padres physical on Tuesday
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Kemp will take his physical with the Padres on Tuesday.

      Advice: That means that the two sides have until then to iron out the specifics of the trade. It is believed to be Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz heading to the Dodgers in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. What's not clear is the exact amount of money that the Dodgers will be sending to make the deal work, believed to be around $31 million. As long as Kemp passes his physical, the deal should become official on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:27 pm
    • Eury de la Rosa designated for assignment
      Diamondbacks designated LHP Eury de la Rosa for assignment.

      Advice: With the Wade Miley deal bringing back three players from the Red Sox, the D'Backs needed to clear room on the 40-man roster and de la Rosa was the casualty. The 24-year-old did a nice job out of the bullpen for the Snakes in 2014, posting a 2.95 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. He shouldn't be looking for work for long. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:10 pm
    • Dodgers, Padres agree to Matt Kemp trade
      According to Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has officially been traded to the Padres.

      Advice: Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz are headed to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Dodgers are also sending around $31 million to the Padres to cover part of Kemp's remaining $107 million in guaranteed salaries. It's been an incredibly active 24 hours for the new-look Los Angeles front office, and there should be more activity to come. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:34 am
    • Padres among teams with interest in Ross
      The Padres are among the teams interested in free agent David Ross, per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

      Advice: There was some thought that Ross would join friend Jon Lester on the Cubs, but Lin reports the 37-year-old is considering a handful of teams. Ross doesn't offer much at the plate, but the veteran backstop is coveted for his defense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:43 pm
       
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    • Twins have interest in RHP Kyle Kendrick
      Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: The team even had a meeting about him at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, so it appears that he is a serious consideration. Kendrick owns a 4.42 ERA over eight seasons in the majors while averaging 4.9 K/9. He's the perfect Twin, really. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:01 am
       
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    • Padres willing to discuss trading Jesse Hahn
      Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Padres are willing to trade Jesse Hahn in order to add offense.

      Advice: Hahn was terrific in his first go-round in the majors last season, holding a 3.07 ERA while striking out 70 over 73 1/3 innings. He's under team control for many more years, so the cost wouldn't be cheap. The Padres are also shopping Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:56 pm
    • Zaidi says Kemp-to-Padres trade isn't close
      Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that reports of a Matt Kemp trade to the Padres being close are "wishful thinking."

      Advice: "I would not characterize it that way," Zaidi said. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday that a deal sending Kemp to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal and others was "getting closer," but Zaidi obviously doesn't see it that way. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so this could just be some posturing by the Dodgers GM. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:43 pm
    • D'Backs interested in David Ross
      Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the club is interested in David Ross.

      Advice: Ross is receiving a lot of interest for a guy who batted .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but teams value his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff. The Cubs, Red Sox, Braves and Padres also have interest. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:27 pm
       
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    • Orioles could consider Allen Craig
      ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Allen Craig is a "back-burner" option for the Orioles.

      Advice: The Orioles' top priority at the moment appears to be to re-sign Delmon Young, but they're also interested in Michael Morse and, to a lesser extent, Craig. Craig batted just .215/.279/.315 with eight homers in 2014, but he's also draw some trade interest from the Marlins and Brewers this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:22 pm
       
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    • Cubs to meet with David Ross' agent
      Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Cubs have a meeting scheduled with David Ross' agent on Tuesday night.

      Advice: Ross is also still a possibility to return to the Red Sox. It's an interesting dynamic, with his buddy Jon Lester weighing offers from both teams. Ross turns 38 in March and batted just .184/.260/.368 with seven home runs and 15 RBI over 50 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:52 pm
       
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