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Out as prez, advisor Hart leaves Braves

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(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.

"This was a difficult decision, but it's one that I made with the best interests of the Atlanta Braves in mind," Hart said in a statement. "With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as general manager, this organization is in great hands. I believe that the talent of the major league players, combined with the young talent soon to arrive, makes the Braves poised for a great run of success.

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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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Scherzer repeats as NL Cy Young winner

(TSX / STATS) -- Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer earned his third Cy Young Award by beating out teammate Stephen Strasburg and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the voting announced on Wednesday.

Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers, picked up his second National League honor in a row. The 33-year-old went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and led the NL with 268 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings.

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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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Twins' Molitor wins AL Manager of Year

(TSX / STATS) -- Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.

Molitor, 61, orchestrated an impressive turnaround in Minnesota that saw the Twins jump from 59-103 and a fifth-place finish in the AL Central in 2016 to 85-77 and second in the division in 2017.

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