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Jeter: Stanton didn't want to rebuild

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MIAMI (AP) Derek Jeter says when his ownership group took over the Miami Marlins in October, he thought Giancarlo Stanton would be with the team in 2018.

Stanton says Marlins officials threatened to keep him for the rest of his career.

In the end, Miami dealt the National League MVP to the New York Yankees. The trade was made because Stanton didn't want to be part of the Marlins' latest rebuilding, Jeter said Monday.

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Red Sox or Cubs could make next big deal

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) No matter how much their fans imagined Giancarlo Stanton bashing balls over the Green Monster, the Boston Red Sox never came close to getting the NL MVP.

But does anyone really expect the Red Sox or the Cubs and other top contenders to stand still after seeing the slugger join the dreaded New York Yankees?

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Ex-Indians writer Ocker wins Spink Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians from 1981-2013 for the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio, has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

The 75-year-old Ocker will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend July 27-30 in Cooperstown, New York.

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Umpire Scott retires due to concussions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 million pitches from the field. His final call, it turned out, was the easiest of all.

Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58.

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Brewers' Nelson to miss start of season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell has reiterated that ace Jimmy Nelson will not resume throwing until spring training and won't be ready for opening day as he comes back from a shoulder injury.

Nelson was 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA last season. The right-hander was hurt Sept. 8 diving back to first after rounding the base after getting a single.

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Morris, Trammell elected to Hall of Fame

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Jack Morris always prided himself on being a tough guy when he pitched, a big-game winner who wouldn't break down.

So guess what happened when the newly elected Hall of Famer spoke in front of George Brett, Robin Yount and a couple of his Cooperstown pals?

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Rangers sign RHP Martin for 2 years, $4M

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers are bringing another pitcher back from Japan to try to bolster their bullpen, and this time it's a homegrown talent who took a long road to his first shot at the majors three years ago.

The Rangers and right-hander Chris Martin have agreed on a $4 million, two-year contract after the reliever spent the past two seasons in Japan, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.

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2 promoted to MLB deputy commissioner

NEW YORK (AP) Dan Halem and Tony Petitti have been promoted to deputy commissioner by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Halem becomes deputy commissioner for baseball administration and remains chief legal officer, Manfred said Monday. He will oversee labor relations, investigations, baseball operations, human resources and diversity efforts. He joined MLB in 2007 as senior vice president and general counsel for labor, was promoted to executive vice president of labor relations in December 2013 and to chief legal officer in December 2014.

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Astros' Dias wins public relations award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Gene Dias of the World Series champion Houston Astros has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence in the major leagues.

The honor was presented Monday at the winter meetings.

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