Don Mattingly doesn't have that much pull in Dodgersland

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A week after Don Mattingly was named manager of the Dodgers Ned Colletti shipped his son — Dodgers farmhand Preston Mattingly — off to Cleveland for another minor league outfielder.

Given that Mattingly is 23 and has struggled in A-ball, the trade likely wasn’t motivated by the Indians coveting him and offering value in return. Rather, this must be in keeping with the Dodgers’ well-known zero-tolerance-for-nepotism policy.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.