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Jones, Thome head Hall of Fame ballot

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(TSX / STATS) -- Third baseman Chipper Jones and designated hitter Jim Thome are among the 19 newcomers on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Monday.

The ballot is being mailed this week to more than 425 voting members of the BBWAA. The results of the voting will be announced on Jan. 24.

Infielder Omar Vizquel and pitchers Jamie Moyer and Johan Santana also are new candidates who will join 14 holdovers from the 2017 balloting in which first baseman Jeff Bagwell, outfielder Tim Raines and catcher Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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Out as prez, advisor Hart leaves Braves

(TSX / STATS) -- Atlanta Braves senior advisor John Hart stepped down from his position to pursue other opportunities outside the organization, the team announced Friday.

Hart was removed as Braves team president on Monday when Alex Anthopoulos was named general manager and executive vice president.

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Altuve runs away with AL MVP award

(TSX / STATS) -- Two weeks after helping the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, second baseman Jose Altuve was named American League MVP, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Thursday.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve claimed 27 of 30 first-place votes for 405 points to beat AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. He matched Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz (1952) as the shortest players to win the award.

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Stanton edges Votto for NL MVP

(TSX / STATS) -- Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto in the fourth-closest balloting of all-time to become the first Miami Marlins' player to be named National League MVP, the Baseball Writers' Association of American announced on Thursday.

Stanton received 302 votes, two more than Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto. Both players received 10 first-place votes.

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Arrieta among 9 to reject $17.4M offer

(TSX / STATS) -- Nine free agents received qualifying offers and each player rejected them, the Player's Association announced Thursday.

Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis, the Kansas City trio of first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Lorenzo Cain, pitchers Lance Lynn (St. Louis), Alex Cobb (Tampa Bay) and Greg Holland (Colorado) and Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana received the one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer on Nov. 6.

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Indians' Kluber wins second AL Cy Young

(TSX / STATS) -- Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber picked up his second American League Cy Young Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America when the voting results were announced on Wednesday.

Kluber, who won his first Cy Young Award in 2014, posted an 18-4 mark with a league-leading 2.25 ERA for the AL Central Division champions in 2017. The 31-year-old right-hander paced the AL in WHIP at 0.869 and struck out 265 batters in 203 2/3 innings over 29 starts.

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Jeter: Miami trading Stanton not a given

(TSX / STATS) -- Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said he has yet to speak directly with superstar Giancarlo Stanton in regard to potential trade rumors upon addressing reporters at the general managers meetings on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.

Jeter also said that it's not an absolute that Stanton will be wearing another team's jersey next season.

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Bucs part ways with scout over violation

(TSX / STATS) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Wednesday that they will not be renewing the contract of Rene Gayo, their director of Latin American scouting.

"We informed Rene that we would not be renewing his contract upon its expiration next month and thanked him for his efforts on behalf of the Pirates," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "As an organization, we concluded that we needed to move in a new and different direction with our Latin American scouting leadership. We will immediately begin an exhaustive search aimed at securing the very best leader for our Latin American scouting operations."

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ChiSox acquire RHP Vieira from Mariners

(TSX / STATS) -- The Chicago White Sox acquired minor league right-hander Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money, the teams announced Thursday.

Vieira also made one appearance with the Mariners last season, retiring all three batters faced in his major league debut versus the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 14. The 24-year-old became the fifth native of Brazil to play in the majors, joining Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo, Paulo Orlando and Luiz Gohara.

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