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Farhan Zaidi offers insight into dealmaking process

FZBy Jon Weisman

As you might suspect, Major League trades — especially when there’s a deadline — don’t come in a neat and tidy process. It’s sloppy and time-consuming and anything but linear.

Tonight, Dodger general manager Farhan Zaidi spoke tonight the Dodgers’ deadline deals, and offered some interesting perspective about how they actually get approached and executed.

Here is a sampling of what he said. Well, not really a sampling — a rather large, detailed chunk …

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Dodgers exchange Michael Morse for Jose Tabata

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By Jon Weisman

Michael Morse, who was designated for assignment Thursday by the Dodgers after coming to the organization in the Mat Latos deal, has been traded to the Pirates (with cash considerations) for outfielder Jose Tabata.

Tabata, 26, was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh with a .341 on-base percentage and .289 slugging percentage in 41 plate appearances (including one certain hit-by-pitch with two out in the ninth inning against no-hit throwing Max Scherzer of Washington). He is not on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster and will be assigned Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Tabata made his MLB debut at age 21 in 2010. He has a career .336 OBP and .377 slugging percentage in 1,765 plate appearances. His best year was in 2013, when he had a .771 OPS (118 OPS+)

Beachy, Heisey, Tsao designated for assignment in roster shuffle

Brandon Beachy (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Brandon Beachy (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

With today’s big transactions, the Dodgers had to reconfigure space on the 40-man roster to make all the pieces fit.

Three players who have suited up for the Dodgers this year — Brandon Beachy, Chris Heisey and Chin-hui Tsao — were designated for assignment.

A fourth, Chris Hatcher, was moved to the 60-day disabled list, meaning that he can’t be activated until mid-August.

Michael Morse, who came from Miami today, was also designated for assignment. Taking on Morse’s contract helped the Dodgers acquire Mat Latos without sacrificing more in prospects than Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman.

Bronson Arroyo, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, was placed on the 60-day disabled list, while infield prospect Jose Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Moving day brings major additions to Dodgers

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By Jon Weisman

It’s a massive move that puts five established pitchers in the Dodger starting rotation from now through October.

It’s a win-now, win-later maneuver that deepens the franchise for years to come.

In a three-team deal with Atlanta and Miami, the Dodgers have acquired left-handed pitchers Alex Wood and Luis Avilan, right-handers Mat Latos, Jim Johnson and Bronson Arroyo, second baseman-shortstop Jose Peraza and outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse.

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