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Padres acquire 3B Headley from Yankees

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Yankees traded third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell and $500,000 to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, giving New York added payroll flexibility and room for infield prospects.

New York received 28-year-old outfielder Jabari Blash, who made his big league debut in 2016 and has played in 99 big league games over two seasons.

A day after finalizing its acquisition of NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from Miami, the Yankees dealt with their infield logjam and cut their payroll to about $167 million for luxury tax purposes. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is intent on getting under the $197 million tax threshold next year, and New York still may attempt to re-sign left-hander CC Sabathia or add another starting pitcher.

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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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Jeter: Stanton didn't want to rebuild

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.

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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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Neshek rejoins Phils for 2 years, $16.5M

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free-agent relief pitcher Pat Neshek is returning to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Neshek will get a $16.5 million, two-year contact pending a successful physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because there was no official announcement on the agreement.

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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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