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Dodgers hire VP of international scouting

The Dodgers continued to beef up their scouting efforts even as they pour money into the major-league team. They hired Bob Engel on Thursday to be the team’s vice president of international scouting.

Engel worked the last 12 years for the Seattle Mariners after 24 years in Toronto. Among the players he had a hand in signing or drafting were Felix Hernandez, Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter and Pat Hentgen.

Tuesday, the Dodgers agreed to terms with closer Brandon League on a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension, but team president Stan Kasten has maintained all along that the new owners are committed to building from the ground up. The team earlier hired former Houston general manager Gerry Hunsicker, who will be heavily involved in rebuilding the team's scouting system.

Engel, 62, was the 2011 MLB East Coast Scout of the Year.