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Here's some news from around MLB regarding former Dodgers, dubbed "Old Friends" from Vin Scully's penchant for referring to some ex-Dodgers as such.

Odalis Perez: signed a minor league deal to return to Washington.  If he makes the big club, he will earn $850,000.  Thanks to The Hardball Times and Fangraphs, here is a quick comparison of two pitchers:

2009 FIP
Pitcher

2008 x-FIP

Marcel CHONE Bill James    2009 contract
Odalis Perez    4.47 4.59 4.64 4.33    minor league deal
Randy Wolf 4.49 4.29 4.55 4.38    likely 1-2 yrs, $5m+ per

Elmer Dessens: close to a minor league deal with the Mets.  Dessens, who came to the Dodgers for a second time in exchange for Odalis Perez in 2006, could earn $600,000 in the majors, or $72,000 in the minors.  Dessens has allowed 40 earned runs in his last 38.1 major league innings.

Daryle Ward: the lefthander, who hit .183 with an OPS+ of 9 in 2003 for the Dodgers, signed a minor league deal with the Reds.

Steve Garvey: the first baseman and 5th place hitter on our All-Time LA Dodger team was deemed not very cool by a junior high school in Lindsay, CA, who renamed the former Steve Garvey Junior High School Extended Day Program after someone new.