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Dodgers are giving the Brandon Beachy effort a second try

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Atlanta’s Brandon Beachy pitches against the Dodgers on April 19, 2011.

(Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

I don’t know if love is really lovelier the second time around, but the Dodgers are hoping that a low-risk signing works out that way.

Just as they did a year ago, the Dodgers have signed right-hander – hey, one of those! – Brandon Beachy to non-guaranteed $1.5-million contract Wednesday that includes significant incentives.

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The Dodgers went this route last season, taking a minimal gamble on the previous rising star in the Braves organization. That was before he had two Tommy John surgeries in three years.

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If it did not got exactly as planned last season – he ended up making two starts (0-1, 7.88 ERA) – the Dodgers have decided to go the low-risk route with him a second time. In parts of four seasons with the Braves, Beachy went 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 46 starts.

To make room for Beachy, 29, on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated left-hander Tyler Olson for assignment.

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Olson becomes another of the front office’s temporary winter additions, having just been picked up three weeks ago from the Mariners. Olson had replaced right-hander Danny Reynolds, whom they’d just picked up 11 days earlier from the Angels.

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When the Kenta Maeda signing becomes official, they will have to make yet another 40-man move.

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