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Dodgers hire 8 scouts, including old friends Peter Bergeron & Ron Mahay

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The Dodgers hired eight new scouts, including a foray into the largely untapped country of Spain.

Ron Mahay, seen here in spring training 2011, joins the Dodgers' pro scouting department.
Ron Mahay, seen here in spring training 2011, joins the Dodgers' pro scouting department.
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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continued to add to their infrastructure, with the announcement of eight new additions to the scouting staff on Tuesday.

The Dodgers hired Gary Pellant from the White Sox to be an advance scout. He worked for Chicago since 1986.

Former big league pitcher Willie Fraser, who joined the Dodgers as a pro scout in 2012, will now be an advance scout.

The additions to the pro scouting staff are Chris Smith, who returns after four years scouting in the Indians organization. Smith with the Dodgers signed, among others, James Loney and Nathan Eovaldi; Ron Mahay, who pitched for 14 MLB seasons and was a non-roster invitee for the Dodgers in 2011; Peter Bergeron, a former outfielder drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round in 1996 and later traded (with Ted Lilly) as part of a seven-player deal that brought Carlos Perez and Mark Grudzielanek to Los Angeles; and Greg Booker, a former big league pitcher and former pitching coach with the Padres who served as pitching coach for Triple-A Syracuse (Nationals' system) for the last four seasons. Booker also scouted prior to that in the Rockies organization.

The Dodgers also hired three international scouts. Hidenori Sueyoshi will be a senior manager of international scouting operations, Rafael Colon is a special advisor in international player performance, and Juan Garcia-Puig will scout for the club in Spain.

Two other moves involve two former Dodgers — Josh Bard and Aaron Sele — were already in the organization as special assistants to general manager Ned Colletti, working in player personnel. Both will keep their old jobs, and add pro scouting to their duties.

Bard was a non-roster invitee to Dodgers camp in 2012 and caught for Triple-A Albuquerque that season before retiring as a player to join the Dodgers front office. Sele has been in the Dodgers front office for five years after pitching for 15 years in the major leagues, including 2006 with the Dodgers. He was the winning pitcher of The 4+1 Game, on Sept. 18, 2006 against San Diego.