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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 file photo, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker looks on from the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York. Atlanta's Brian Snitker has been voted National League Manager of the Year after leading the Braves to a surprising first-place finish. Snitker received 17 first-place votes, nine seconds and one third for 116 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File) **FILE**

Oakland’s Melvin, Atlanta’s Snitker voted top managers

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Melvin won the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues. Atlanta’s Snitker won the National League award following a surprising first-place finish, a reward for a 63-year-old baseball lifer who has spent 42 seasons with the Braves.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado stands in the dugout after Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) **FILE**

Talk of rule changes, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado dominate offseason

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Discussion of possible rule changes to increase action will dominate the offseason, along with speculation about a free agent market that includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson, and possibly David Price and Clayton Kershaw if they opt out of their contracts.

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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference at the annual MLB owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the agenda tells The Associated Press that owners plan to vote on a new term for Manfred, a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN when they meet next week in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

AP source: Owners plan vote next week on new Manfred term

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Baseball owners plan to vote on a new term for Commissioner Rob Manfred, a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN when they meet next week in Atlanta, a person familiar with the agenda told The Associated Press.

Arbitration: Schebler, Bush short; Edwards, Biagini make it

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Cincinnati outfielder Scott Schebler and Texas pitcher Matt Bush just missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility, while Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and Toronto pitcher Joe Biagini earned the final spots.

MLB All-Star's J.T. Realmuto (11) of the Miami Marlins is celebrated by teammates after hitting a solo home-run off Yomiuri Giants pitcher Ryusei Oe in the fifth inning of their exhibition baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

MLB All-Stars beat Japan's Giants ahead of exhibition tour

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J.T. Realmuto and Amed Rosario drove in two runs each to lead the MLB All-Stars over the Yomiuri Giants 9-6 on Thursday in a warm-up game ahead of their six-game exhibition series against Japan's national team.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi talks with the media during baseball's annual general managers meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. A person with direct knowledge of the agreement says Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi has accepted a job to head baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night, Nov. 6, 2018 because the club had yet to make a formal announcement.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Farhan Zaidi ready to take a team effort leading Giants

- Associated Press

Farhan Zaidi understands the intrigue that stems from his unique baseball path: from the small-budget Oakland Athletics to the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers and back to the Bay Area to join the rival Giants.