Featuring Colin Hecht & Trevor Utley
By Trevor Utley
Since yesterday's technological mishap, I've become incredibly paranoid about writing this piece again. In fact, this is being typed in a word document and also being transferred onto a NotePad. The computer NotePad not pen and paper, yet some of you know my affinity for writing every inane detail down. To avoid the near psychological break I underwent yesterday, I am just going to combine all five articles into little blurbs and be done with it. Opening Day's already come and gone so you already know who's down what and where with the four teams left. I've already been proven way off base with some of my other 26 previews. Without further adieu, or catastrophic mental meltdown, the top four of 30 Teams In Under 30 Days as well as our picks for the 2015 MLB awards, pennants, and World Series champions.
#4- Los Angeles Dodgers: My beloved boys in blue are the class of the NL West. They'll win the division going away and showed yesterday that they have a pretty damn resilient team even with that pesky Matt Kemp going all ghost of Christmas past on them. I swear to you I had Jimmy Rollins listed as an All-Star before that three run home run gave me a chub in the middle of my weeping. In the end, how far the Dodgers will advance will depend on whether or not old #22 can stop being #2 come postseason.
LAST YEAR'S RANKING: #3 (DOWN 1)
PREDICTED RECORD: 94-68
PREDICTED ALL-STAR REPS: Clayton Kershaw (starting pitcher), Zack Greinke (starting pitcher), Adrian Gonzalez (first baseman), Jimmy Rollins (shortstop), Yasiel Puig (outfielder)
#3- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: They may have lost on Opening Day, but it was to King Felix so don't read too much into it. The Angels flipped the switch in the middle of last year and I think it will have a carry-over effect into 2015. Mike Trout will probably finish Top 3 on the AL MVP ballot for the next ten years barring a contraction of Ebola or a fling with a Kardashian. Garrett Richards will be even better than last year when he recovers from surgery. It is World Series or bust this year. Scroll down to see if I busted them or not.
LAST YEAR'S RANKING: #9 (UP 6)
PREDICTED RECORD: 95-77
PREDICTED ALL-STAR REPS: Mike Trout (outfielder), Garrett Richards (starting pitcher), Albert Pujols (first baseman), Huston Street (relief pitcher)
#2- Baltimore Orioles: We all slept on the Orioles last year and all ended up looking like fools. If I am going to look like a fool, I'd rather it be because I overrated a team rather than underestimating them. The Orioles have already started their baseball bashing ways and none of yesterday's three homers even came from Chris Davis or Adam Jones. There is a good chance when you drafted your fantasy baseball team, you bypassed every Oriole outside of the aforementioned duo or Manny Machado. The Orioles will be living the real life fantasy though as they cruise to the division title once again.
LAST YEAR'S RANKING: #19 (UP 17)
PREDICTED RECORD: 95-77
PREDICTED ALL-STAR REPS: Adam Jones (outfielder), Travis Snider (outfielder), Zach Britton (relief pitcher)
#1- Washington Nationals: By process of elimination you knew this was going to be Washington. Everybody picked Washington. Why should my dumb ass be any different? They have an All-Star team for a starting rotation. They have a dynamic lineup. They also trotted out Dan Uggla as their Opening Day second baseman. The Giants had Dan Uggla on their team last season. The Nationals are winning the World Series.
LAST YEAR'S RANKING: #6 (UP 5)
PREDICTED RECORD: 98-64
PREDICTED ALL-STAR REPS: Max Scherzer & Stephen Strasburg & Jordan ZImmermann & Doug Fister (starting pitchers), Bryce Harper (outfielder), Ian Desmond (shortstop)
2015 BLEEDING YOUR COLORS AWARD WINNERS AND PENNANT SELECTIONS
Thanks to all that came along for another journey through the 30 Major League teams in under 30 days time. Special thanks to Josh Souza, Colin Hecht (even though he picked an ineligible ROY in Mookie Betts), Matt Sieczkiewicz, Andrew daSilva, and Andrew Sanford (who picked Joe Kelly for all he could) for making picks. Give those fine gentlemen a follow on Twitter. Check back throughout the 2015 Major League Baseball season for more from me, and hopefully others, here on Bleeding Your Colors. PLAY BALL!
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By Trevor Utley
We stay in the state of Florida for the next installment of 30 Teams In Under 30 Days. The Miami Marlins are becoming quite the chic pick to shake up the hierarchy of the National League this season. GM Dan Jennings made some savvy moves and Miami should be back at full strength as a team by the beginning of summer. I don't think their current makeup will blow up in their face like the 2012 Jose Reyes/Mark Buehrle debacle but I at least want to see one complete season from Miami before I get them out of the 20's in these rankings.
The Marlins infield received the biggest face lift this offseason. The new first baseman for Miami is Michael Morse. Morse is fresh off a World Series victory with San Francisco. That experience will be vital to helping propel the Marlins from up and comers to contenders. Morse was nagged by injuries towards the end of last season but came through when called upon in both the NLDS and NLCS. He will give Giancarlo Stanton some much needed protection in the lineup. Second base is another new face, former Dodger Dee Gordon. Gordon was traded in December after leading the Majors with 64 stolen bases and 12 triples. Gordon has speed to burn and last year got on base enough for that attribute to matter. There won't be a climate shock moving from California to Florida, so I think manager Mike Redmond is going to give Flash Gordon the green light as much as possible. Up the middle with Gordon is incumbent shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. The Cuban has flair at short and makes a lot of great plays. The attempts at showmanship sometimes lead to some pretty horrendous looking errors. Like Gordon, Hechavarria's bat came around more in 2014. His ten triples were second only to Gordon in the MLB. We'll see if that speed translates to more steals in 2015. The last new acquisition in the infield is third baseman Martin Prado. Prado was traded less than a half year after the Yankees got him from Arizona. Prado's return to the National League will be a welcome sign as an upgrade over Casey McGehee. His ability to play several outfield positions as well as third is a plus as well. The catching duties once again belong to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Salty didn't exactly excite Marlins' fans and management in the first year of a three year, $21 million deal. He may end up as trade fodder come deadline time though if top catching prospect J.T. Realmuto continues to wallop Minor League pitching.
When you think of the Marlins' outfield, you think of the $325 million dollar man: Giancarlo Stanton. Do not discount the rest of the young guns patrolling the Marlins Park grass with him. It isn't $325 mil, but Christian Yelich didn't get a bad payday himself this offseason at 7 years, $49.57 million. Yelich won a Gold Glove in his first full season in Miami and showed the ability to drive the ball (30 doubles) as well as steal bases (21 SB). Still just 23, if some of those doubles start clearing the fence, Yelich could be a perennial 20 HR/20 SB player. 20 home runs is easy work for center fielder Marcell Ozuna. Ozuna's first full season saw him hit 23 bombs and knock in 85. He was also able to hit .269 while striking out 164 times. If Ozuna cuts down on his whiffs, he'll be in line for more dough than Yelich was able to command. Both of them pale in comparison to the aforementioned Stanton. Only a baseball to the face from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers was able to derail Stanton, forcing him to sit out the majority of September. He still finished second in the MVP voting behind Clayton Kershaw. Now armed a stylized G facemask, Stanton will look to improve on all his career bests (home runs, RBI, doubles, stolen bases) for 162 games and take the Marlins past .500 for the first time since 2009. Ichiro provides cover at each outfield spot as he chases 3,000 hits in the Majors (he is 156 shy). The offense seems to be there for Miami. So why are they 21st on this list?
The pitching staff is going to be without their unquestioned ace, Jose Fernandez, for at least the first two months of 2015. Fernandez was yet another Tommy John casualty last year and the rest of the rotation missed him dearly. The staff never fully recovered from his loss and slowly slid towards the lower half of the division. Henderson Alvarez, one of the big pieces that came back in the Reyes fire sale of a few years back, filled in admirably for Fernandez as the team's #1 starter. He will resume that role this season as he will pitch Opening Day. Alvarez made his first All-Star team last year yet he still needs to show some consistency, especially being a pitcher who pitches to contact. The next three spots have come to Miami over the last year via trades. Jarred Cosart was probably the biggest piece that went to Miami in what I called a "trade for trade's sake" at last year's deadline with Houston. He shaved nearly two runs a game off his ERA in Marlins colors and acclimated to the NL very well. It will be interesting to see a larger sample size of Cosart against the weaker offenses in the NL East. Mat Latos was basically a salary dump by the Reds, who you'll be seeing here real soon. Latos is only 27 and posted very respectable numbers in the launching pad known as the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. He'll be playing for a long term deal in a more spacious Miami park as a #3 or #4 instead of being the #2 like he was with the Reds. Rounding out the rotation is Tom Koehler and Dan Haren. Koehler made the most starts (32) of anyone still on the roster from last year. Dan Haren is, well, Dan Haren. I didn't really say anything negative about this rotation so you must still be scratching your head as to why the Marlins are 21st in 30 Teams In Under 30 Days. This is yet another team that I think needs just that one more year to break baseball's glass ceiling. A half season of Fernandez won't be enough but another season of experience for Alvarez facing aces and Cosart taking on weaker NL lineups can only build their confidence for 2016. Barring catastrophe or unexpected Loria special, the Marlins won't be in the 20's next year.
They'll be even more dangerous if they improve a patchwork bullpen. The Marlins had some really good arms in 2014 but all roads once again led to sidewinding Steve Cishek. The right hander has been impressive in his tenure as Miami closer (73 saves, 158 strikeouts) but may find himself new surroundings if he keeps progressing. He received nearly seven million at arbitration last fall and another 30+ save season would most likely call for a 50% raise from that. That number would be way too rich for Miami's blood. If Cishek is dealt, Mike Dunn or AJ Ramos would more than likely get their cracks at save opportunities. The two combined to win 17 games in 2014, working as Cishek's primary set-up men. Another interesting candidate is Bryan Morris. Morris had a microscopic 0.66 ERA last year working in middle relief following his trade from Pittsburgh. I don't want to downplay these gentlemen's great years, but what would they be able to accomplish in a pennant race instead of compiling empty September stats? Time will tell.
In Minnesota, I once got heckled for wearing a Nick Punto shirt by a kid in a Mike Redmond shirt. Like that slob was probably one year away from jail, I believe the Marlins are one year away from being contenders. Let's just hope Jeffrey Loria lets this team get to that point and doesn't initiate yet another self destruct sequence to save a buck.
LAST YEAR'S RANKING: #24 (UP 3)
PREDICTED RECORD: 78-84
PREDICTED ALL-STAR REPS: Giancarlo Stanton (outfielder), Marcell Ozuna (outfielder)
Trevor Utley once knew all the words to the song "Miami" by Will Smith.
Image Credit: Marlins logo (sportslogos.net)
Featuring Trevor Utley, Lou Kessler, and Al deCiutiis
By Trevor Utley
The MLB Trade Deadline came and went at 4 PM yesterday and while waiver based deals can still be worked out in August, the last major deals for first place teams and the clubs chasing them have come and gone. Only time will tell if these deals bear fruit for the teams that made them, but in the interim let us review the deals of today and yesterday and hash out the winners and losers of baseball's most hectic afternoon.
Firstly, let us set aside the deals that don't really need to be graded out. These are the transactions that don't have much bearing on pennant races or involve lower caliber pieces. These trades include:
This could be a reclamation project for a player Cubs' GM Theo Epstein knows very well. Look what the North Siders did with Jake Arrieta so far this season.
Denorfia becomes part of a Mariners' outfield desperate for a spark. San Diego doesn't get much back in the two prospects, even though Almonte was the Opening Day centerfielder for the M's, but the Padres can be happy to part ways with Denorfia's over $2 million salary for what amounted to a platoon guy against lefties only.
The Braves got better with Bonifacio who, while quite fragile, can play all over the field outside of being part of the battery and Russell who absolutely dominates left handed hitters. Caratini was a second round pick a year ago who is still transitioning from the infield to catching but has a bat that could pay dividends.
The A's outfield is beat up right now and will make use of a player like Fuld whom they actually waived earlier this season. He will get some decent run right now with Cespedes gone and Coco Crisp ailing but when the main cogs come back he'll be a fourth or fifth outfielder. Milone regressed from last year but should still be a part of the Twins' rotation going forward.
Miller is a free agent this offseason and Boston didn't want to let him walk for free. The left hander was traded in the division but netted the defending World Series champions a prized piece of the Orioles' farm system. 21 year old southpaw Rodriguez hasn't been exactly setting the world on fire at Double-A Bowie but was ranked as Baltimore's #3 prospect in 2013.
If you listened to our podcast we addressed Milwaukee's glaring hole, their bullpen, and even had Haniger involved in a deal for an arm. Milwaukee brass seemed to have a different plan in acquiring Gerardo Parra and inserting him into a crowded outfield. Haniger and Banda aren't world beaters. This was a weird trade for both sides as neither team really got better.
There is a big batch of young talent being swapped in this one. The Marlins got the major league ready talent from Houston while Houston will have to wait a while on their haul. Cosart should slot in behind Jose Fernandez in Miami's rotation for the future while Hernandez is playing beyond expectations currently. A whole lot of maybes going to the Lone Star State.
With those minor deals out of the way let us delve into the ones that will have varying impacts on who makes the postseason in both leagues. From two aces being dealt to some head scratchers from the Bronx Bombers, this was easily one of the more active and interesting trade deadlines in recent memory.
ATHLETICS GET JON LESTER, JONNY GOMES, & CASH
RED SOX GET YOENIS CESPEDES & A COMPETITIVE BALANCE DRAFT PICK
The A's, which seemed to be many a reporter's mystery team in the Jon Lester sweepstakes, swooped in seemingly at the last minute for the highly coveted lefty. The move improves Oakland's greatest strength and widens the gap between them and the Angels in the AL West. Jonny Gomes takes his talents to the Bay Area as well and should get a good amount of bats against left handers, he is currently second in the league in average against southpaws, in a banged up A's outfield.
The Red Sox, the busiest team on Deadline Day, gets back a player in Cespedes that has a swing tailored for Fenway Park and an arm that could throw a laser to the plate even from the fabled triangle in Boston's centerfield. Boston may be in a similar situation to the Lester one next year with Cespedes though. A free agent at the end of 2015, the Cuban could ask away if the Red Sox don't improve.
The argument for this trade on Boston's end is that they get a big bat in the two time former HR Derby Champion and a chance to chase Lester this offseason since it is almost a foregone conclusion that the small market A's will not pay the sticker price on Lester. If they end up whiffing on him and then Cespedes walks away next fall, this deal will be frowned upon by Red Sox Nation. If they rebound (not even necessarily resigning Lester in the process) and convince Cespedes to stay, the Red Sox made the best out of a bad situation. For Oakland, they show they are all in this year and it is World Series or bust. Lester paired with recent acquisitions Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel as well as Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, and Sonny Gray make a team nobody wants to face come October. They may just not all be in Oakland green and yellow in 2015. But trust me that Oakland will just find new shiny toys to play with.
OAKLAND GRADE: A+
BOSTON GRADE: B
TIGERS GET DAVID PRICE
RAYS GET DREW SMYLY, WILLY ADAMES, & NICK FRANKLIN
MARINERS GET AUSTIN JACKSON
After all the trades that Tampa were rumored to have turned down for their ace, it seems they panicked in trading him to the Tigers. Detroit gets a left hander to put between Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander in their rotation and frankly didn't give up that much to do so. They kept young infielder Nick Castellanos in town and the only pitcher they lost in the deal was Drew Smyly who has bounced between the rotation and the bullpen with no real consistency. It keeps Detroit on pace with Oakland for the top seed in the American League Playoffs and keeps their rotation strong if Scherzer departs in free agency.
Seattle acted as a third wheel in this deal and came out smelling like roses. Jackson is still only 27 and improves a Seattle outfield devoid of offensive and defensive talent. They gave up Nick Franklin who though he was seen by some as one of the Mariners of tomorrow, only hit .128 for the M's thus far in 2014.
Tampa Bay was not in the situation with Price that Boston was in with Lester. They had another year to go with their all-world left hander and instead of holding onto him for a run at the second AL Wild Card dealt him and got the proverbial pu-pu platter return. Smyly will be in the rotation for the remainder of 2014 but his role will probably end up being the same back and forth one it was in Motown. Adames is one of the more highly touted prospects in Detroit's weak hitting minor league system but he is only 18 and is light years away. It will be interesting to see if the struggling Franklin gets a chance to play everyday at the Trop.
The Rays have shown they didn't even want to pay the potential arbitration figure for Price in 2015. A team that has flying high lately has just been shot out of the sky. The team with the most to give got the least in return. I am still trying to wrap my head around this deal on Tampa's end. Detroit solidifies themselves as an American League power and Seattle gets a competent outfielder for seemingly nothing. If I write any more about this trade my brain is going to explode.
DETROIT GRADE: A-
SEATTLE GRADE: A+
TAMPA BAY GRADE: F
CARDINALS GET JOHN LACKEY & COREY LITTRELL
RED SOX GET ALLEN CRAIG & JOE KELLY
Boston is making no bones about blowing up their team. It seemed everbody outside of Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz were on the block. After Jon Lester, John Lackey was the second domino to fall. The right hander had rebuilt his image in Boston after injuries and the "Chicken and Beer" nonsense faded, making him one of their most coveted assets. His $500,000 salary for next year doesn't hurt either.
St. Louis has been chasing Milwaukee for the Central Division crown for the majority of 2014 and the acquisition of Lackey (along with Justin Masterson that we'll get to next) restocks the pitching shelves that were getting pretty bare for the Cards. Lackey will probably sit in the third starter role behind Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn, a daunting opponent for the third game of any potential postseason series. Corey Littrell is basically a throw in for this deal and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last time I ever write his name again.
Boston doesn't necessarily get taken to the cleaners on this deal though. Allen Craig is only a couple seasons removed from being one of the most feared late game hitters in all of baseball. He was more than clutch in St. Louis' World Series triumph in 2011. If he can return from his injuries, which Boston will surely allow him too, they may have gotten themselves another late inning hero to pair with Big Papi. In Joe Kelly they get a pitcher who can start or relieve, and though he won't wow you with his numbers eats innings and gets outs.
While Tampa seemed to force their own hand with the Price trade, Boston so far has made teams work hard for their arms instead of the inverse. This trade helps both teams now and in 2015 and both GMs should give themselves a good old Barry Horowitz pat on the back for making it.
ST. LOUIS GRADE: B
BOSTON GRADE: A-
CARDINALS GET JUSTIN MASTERSON
INDIANS GET JAMES RAMSEY
This trade was consummated yesterday but it is still significant in St. Louis' charge to the Central Division title. They know all to well that you can never have too much starting pitching heading into the postseason, especially in the National League. In acquiring Masterson, they've added depth to a battle tested rotation whilst not giving up a high level prospect in doing so.
The Cardinals will go as far as their starting pitching will take them. Each of their runs to the World Series in the past decade have been on the backbone of their staff. The former Cleveland right hander may not be in the rotation come the postseason but has experience coming out of the pen from early years in Boston which is valuable to St. Louis.
James Ramsey, a 24 year old outfielder who has spent his season at AA for Springfield, is a prospect who may be in Cleveland by the end of this season or Opening Day 2015. He has hit .300 for St. Louis' second tier team and has shown decent pop the past two seasons. It isn't a haul for the Tribe but it isn't a complete swing and miss.
After a run to the Wild Card game last year, Cleveland went backwards. They did right by their Opening Day starter and got a player in Ramsey that will be able to contribute sooner rather than a normal prospect in one of these types of trades would. St. Louis has a completely right handed rotation but one that is very flexible and experienced in postseason play.
ST. LOUIS GRADE: A-
CLEVELAND GRADE: B
NATIONALS GET ASDRUBAL CABRERA
INDIANS GET ZACH WALTERS
I thought the Nationals would address the hole in their lineup left by Ryan Zimmerman's absence but thought it would be a third baseman instead of another shortstop. They did just that though as they shipped out promising middle infielder Zach Walters for Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera. He will get a trial by fire at second base for the first place Nationals with Ian Desmond entrenched at short.
Washington is loaded with pitching so if they were going to make a move it was definitely going to be for a bat. Adrian Beltre and Martin Prado (who eventually landed in New York) were discussed but they eventually settled for the former All-Star Cabrera. Cabrera will be asked to man second base for Washington, a position he hasn't played since 2009. The former Indian will most likely leave in free agency but he'll provide some steadiness in the infield until Zimmerman returns from his latest ailment.
The Indians are just waiting for Francisco Lindor to be ready. The uber talented shortstop down on the farm for Cleveland isn't there yet and Walters could plug the gap between Cabrera's exit and Lindor's arrival. He played in 32 games for Washington this year but only garnered 39 at-bats in those appearances. He will probably never hit for average but has 20+ home run potential at either shortstop or second base which is enticing.
When two teams help each other on a deal you can't knock it. Cabrera gets to chase the postseason for a second straight year while Walters is a stopgap to Lindor or a much cheaper option if Jason Kipnis slips further after signing his new contract.
WASHINGTON GRADE: B+
CLEVELAND GRADE: B-
NEW YORK GETS STEPHEN DREW & MARTIN PRADO
ARIZONA GETS PETER O'BRIEN
BOSTON GETS KELLY JOHNSON
This one was actually two separate trades but I combined them for the sake of time. Drew and Johnson swapped colors in the first non-waiver deal between the Red Sox and Yankees since Mike Stanley was dealt for Tony Armas Jr. Martin Prado comes over from Arizona for Peter O'Brien, a power hitting catcher who had spent his entire 2014 at AA.
From just a personnel standpoint, neither of these two trades make much sense for the Yankees. Drew is going to play out of position at second base for the Bombers after Brian Roberts was designated for assignment. Prado has more positional flexibility but seems to be of no more use to the Yankees than a $11 million a year utility guy. Don't get me wrong, they gave up nothing of immediate value to acquire these two but they were two deals that just seem to have been made for making a deal's sake.
In Boston, Xander Bogaerts now shuffles back to shortstop a move that may exacerbate his fielding woes. The young Aruban started off 2014 at short but then moved to third with Will Middlebrooks' injury and the resigning of Drew. Bogaerts going back to shortstop leaves third base for Brock Holt, which is his natural position. Johnson can play both in the infield and outfield and will surely get plenty of AB's spelling various Sox hitters down the stretch. Arizona gets out from under a big contract in Prado for a guy in O'Brien who could potentially replace Miguel Montero if Arizona chooses to rid themselves of his big deal.
Overall, the Yankees got two expensive players with no real place to put them. Though like I said before they didn't lose out on a top prospect or high level Major Leaguer to do so, but if they were going to address anything at the deadline it should have been pitching.
NEW YORK GRADE: C-
ARIZONA GRADE: C
BOSTON GRADE: B-
Trevor Utley is sad the Dodgers whiffed in their pursuit of both available aces but LA kinda has some good arms already so he thinks he'll live.
Image Credits: Let's Make A Deal (2guystalkingmetsbaseball.com); Lester, Gomes, Cespedes, Price, Lackey, Craig, Kelly, Masterson, Cabrera (espn.com); Adames, Ramsey, Walters, O'Brien (milb.com); Smyly, Franklin, Jackson, Drew, Prado, Johnson (mlb.com)
By Trevor Utley
The Marlins were the second worst team in the Majors last season with a final record of 62-100. They were middle of the road in almost every pitching category and featured the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez. Fernandez took the league by storm posting a 12-6 record (the only Marlin above .500) with a sparkling 0.98 WHIP and 2.19 ERA. The Marlins' offense was so putrid however that a rotation of five Fernandezes weren't making much of an impact. They hit an abysmal .231 as a team and scored 85 less runs than the second worst offense, the White Sox. Giancarlo Stanton once again missed significant time due to injury but somehow managed 24 home runs. How did Miami address their hitting deficiencies this offseason? Garrett Jones (.254 career average), Jeff Baker (.267), and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.246) were all brought in on multi-year deals. Rafael Furcal was signed to a one year pact but will make the move to second base for the first time since 2004, and even then that was five sporadic appearances over three seasons. They'll be better this year but they'll strike out a ton which may not matter since you can't score runs with nobody on base. The offense's future looks bleak too. All of the Marlins' main Minor League talent is pitching and unless they can woo a big name to come to South Beach like the Heat did in the NBA, that gaudy home run sculpture in centerfield won't be lighting up any more this season than last.
PREDICTED RECORD: 71-91
PREDICTED ALL-STAR REP: Jose Fernandez, starting pitcher
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