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We just got done with the "it's just business, nothing personal" storyline of Prince Fielder(notes) and the Milwaukee Brewers, but this post might redefine that saying.

One week after naming Don Mattingly their manager for the 2011 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have traded his minor league-playing son, Preston, to the Cleveland Indians.

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In other words, if pops wants to keep closer tabs on his son's progress, he'll now have to get a subscription to Baseball America like the rest of us. 

From the Associated Press:

Preston Mattingly, the Dodgers' No. 1 draft pick in 2006, batted .218 with two homers and 17 RBIs at the Class-A level this season. He struck out 51 times in 165 at-bats.

The 23-year-old Mattingly bats and throws right-handed. His best season as a pro came in 2006, when he hit .290 with a home run and 29 RBIs for the Dodgers' rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League.

With stats like those, I don't think young Preston, a second baseman, was threatening to share any time with his dad on team charters anytime soon.

So maybe the trade is just as well. I mean, anyone who's ever played Little League knows that managers are always trying to get their sons into playing time they don't deserve.

(Not that slumping Ryan Theriot(notes) will deserve it either in 2011.) 

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