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Wilson Betemit was reportedly just traded for Yankee reliever Scott Proctor.


Though this might not have been the blockbuster trade some were hoping for, it does seem to send a signal that the Dodgers are not willing to part with their present and future stars.

In that sense, it was a solid trade, in which the Dodgers let go a .231 hitter and welcomed back a reliever whom the Dodgers originally drafted in 1998, and traded in 2003.

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Scott Proctor, a righty who was born in Florida, sports a 3.81 ERA, but pitched well in July, when he threw at a 2.84 clip. Considering the Dodgers bullpen has been hemorrhaging runs as of late, a fresh harm, hell, any harm could help lower its 5.61 ERA since the All-Star break.

Facts about the newest Dodger:

Full name: Scott Christopher Proctor

Born: January 2, 1977 in Stuart, Florida.

Drafted: 1998 by the Dodgers

Stats: 2-5, 3.81 ERA, 1.51 WHIP

Pitches: Four and two-seam fastball in the mid to high-nineties; mid-eighties slider, high seventies curveball, low-eighties changeup. Mainly a four-seam, curve kind of guy who throws a wicked slider.

Fact: On Saturday, June 30, after a poor performance in a loss to the A's of Oakland, Proctor lit fire to his equipment on the field, just feet from the Yankees dugout.

Fact: According to the New York Times, he's a perfectionist.

Welcome to Los Angeles Mr. Proctor

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