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In a surprising turn of events the Evanston Equine acquired all of Malibu's draft picks in the 2001
draft. The Equine shipped unhappy Rick Helling, along with two youngsters, Matt Anderson and
Edgar Renteria.

This move is sure to send shock waves through the league as Malibu moves closer to making a
significant playoff run in 2001. The Equine on the other hand, continue to restructure their roster
for another losing season. The trade of Renteria makes it a stone cold lock that Rafael Furcal will
be the first pick.

GM Dave Dombrowski called a impromptu press conference to announce the trade. He was very
excited to be the owner of 19 picks in the upcoming draft. He also said that contract talks would
begin immediately after the Christmas holiday. Asked if they would use the extreme amount of draft
picks to trim down to a chosen few, Dombrowski vehemently discounted the question, with a
irritated look and a sharp “NO”. He added find a team in this draft who wants to move down....next
question, please. While appearing to be unhappy with such a question, it may have been because
Dombrowski feels this trade will catapult the franchise.

Dombrowski had his usual Saturday radio show discussing Hot Stove baseball and the latest in
Equine news. Dombrowski reacted to each question about future trades as though there was nothing
left to do for now. Word out of Malibu is that they were the initiators of the trade feeling they have
the pieces in place to go far in the playoffs.

Dusty Baker who was reached for comment said he was all for the move. He stated that he was
called and brought in on the conference call with Malibu. Baker said he was so unconcerned with
the working of the trade that “all I did was chat with Davy Lopes about the upcoming season, I let
Dave work the details.”

Well one thing is for sure this franchise is together from the owner down to the coaches and
manager on the field. They must have a solid plan and it's Christmas in January once again for
Evanston.
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