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Dodgers acquire Bud Norris, Dian Toscano

Bud Norris pitched seven shutout innings Sunday against the Mets. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Bud Norris pitched seven shutout innings Sunday against the Mets. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

By Jon Weisman

Right-handed pitcher Bud Norris has been acquired by the Dodgers from Atlanta and is expected start in place of Clayton Kershaw for Los Angeles on Friday.

The Dodgers also picked up left-handed hitting minor-league outfielder Dian Toscano, a player to be named later and cash considerations.

In exchange, the Dodgers have parted ways with minor-league pitchers Caleb Dirks (1.44 ERA, 10.1 K/9 in Double-A) and Philip Pfeifer (2.67 ERA, 12.5 K/9 in Single-A). The Dodgers also designated left-hander Ian Thomas for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

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Dodgers option Cotton, reassign seven to minor-league camp

Eric Gagne and Rick Honeycutt talk with Jharel Cotton on February 28.

Eric Gagne and Rick Honeycutt talk with Jharel Cotton on February 28.

This afternoon, the Dodgers made their first bulk cuts of Spring Training, optioning right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton to minor league camp and reassigning non-roster pitchers Lisalverto Bonilla, Chase De Jong, Caleb Dirks, Jacob Rhame, Chris Anderson, outfielder Alex Hassan and catcher Kyle Farmer.

Cotton, Rhame, Anderson and Farmer are homegrown prospects, while De Jong, Dirks and Hassan were acquired within the past year. At 27, Hassan is the oldest, followed by the 25-year-old Bonilla (who has been recovering from Tommy John surgery) and Farmer.

— Jon Weisman

Dodgers boost non-roster invites to 20 with De Jong, Dirks and Rhame

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By Jon Weisman

Right-handed pitchers Chase De Jong, Caleb Dirks and Jacob Rhame have joined the 17 previously announced players given non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training.

De Jong was acquired with infielder Tim Locastro from Toronto on July 2 in exchange for three international signing slots. Now 22, De Jong had a 3.96 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 50 innings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga after the trade, making 10 starts in 11 appearances. In his final two games with Single-A Lansing before the trade, De Jong pitched 16 innings, allowing one run and striking out 20.

Dirks was acquired from Atlanta the same day, in a separate deal of an international signing slot. Also 22, Dirks played for four minor-league teams last year, finishing with Double-A Tulsa, and struck out 64 in 50 innings with a 0.90 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.

Rhame, on the other hand, was drafted by the Dodgers in 2013. He spent most of the year with Tulsa, for whom he had a 3.06 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 50 innings, with a 1.06 WHIP.

Dodgers acquire two more minor leaguers, plus Trevor Cahill

By Jon Weisman

Doubling down on their slots-for-tots strategy from earlier today, the Dodgers have acquired two minor leaguers — right-handed pitcher Caleb Dirks and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck — from Atlanta in exchange for international signing slot No. 87.

The 22-year-old Dirks, a Riverside native who will report to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, had a 0.68 ERA at two levels of Single-A ball this season, with 29 strikeouts and a 1.28 WHIP in 26 2/3 innings. That includes 16 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings since being promoted to Single-A Carolina on May 8.

Paroubeck, 20, had a .346 on-base percentage and .457 slugging percentage for San Diego’s Rookie-level squad in Arizona last year. He went to Atlanta as part of the Craig Kimbrel deal and has played in 25 extended spring training games this year. Paroubeck will head to Camelback Ranch for ongoing rehab of a minor quad injury.

The Dodgers also signed 27-year-old veteran right-hander Trevor Cahill, who was designated for assignment by Atlanta on June 19 after allowing 22 earned runs on 48 baserunners in 26 1/3 innings.

As of 6 p.m., the Dodgers had added 14 players to the organization today.

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