Jon Daniels was the youngest general manager ever in the major leagues when the Texas Rangers put him in that position nine years ago.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez say the lawsuit filed by his former attorneys over legal fees should be tried in state court, not federal court.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to the Alamo City for the first time in 15 years next March for exhibition games against the Texas Rangers.

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Buck Showalter was awarded his third American League Manager of the Year award, and Matt Williams was named the best skipper in the National League, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday. Showalter guided the Baltimore Orioles to 96 wins and an AL East title this past season. Showalter also won the award with the New York Yankees in 1994 and a decade later with the Texas Rangers. The awards were voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin and former major league outfielder Doug Glanville were added Monday to the list of candidates the Tampa Bay Rays are considering for their next manager.

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MIAMI (AP) — The convicted ringleader of a smuggling organization that brought more than 1,000 Cubans into the U.S., some of them baseball players including Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, was sentenced Monday to more than 14 years in federal prison.

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New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has admitted to federal investigators that he took banned performance-enhancing drugs, after publicly denying it in the past, a report said Wednesday. Rodriguez made the confession in a January meeting with agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecutors who granted him immunity, the Miami Herald reported, citing a summary of the talks. The disgraced Yankee third baseman said he took steroids provided by Biogenesis, a south Florida anti-aging clinic named by authorities as a source of illegal testosterone and human growth hormone. The former director of that clinic, Tony Bosch, last month pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone.

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A little more than a year after Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu arrived in the United States and inked what at the time was an international free agent record six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, the circumstances and details surrounding his defection from Cuba remain shrouded in mystery. However, with Abreu’s first major award expected to be announced on Monday — he’s the heavy favorite to win American League Rookie of the Year — the Chicago Tribune’s Jared Hopkins was able to reveal a few basic details in an in-depth article published on Friday. The article itself is lengthy and detailed, particularly when Hopkins lays out the harrowing process and journey defectors often face just to pursue a baseball dream and support their families. It’s worth a full read through to gain a better understanding or a refreshed perspective of the process Abreu and many before him, including Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez, have faced. In fact, in the case of both Puig and Fernandez, it was something they had to face more than once after their initial attempts failed. As for specifics In Abreu’s case, concrete details really are few and far between. However, through a series of interviews, Hopkins filled in a few blanks and provide something of an outline leading up to and throught the defection itself. Here’s a quick rundown.  •   Abreu and his brother-in-law left Cuba last summer. They were traveling in a small boat that was nearly overwhelmed by the wake created by two large ships that passed by. “I’ve heard Abreu’s story, and I thought mine was crazy,” said teammate and fellow Cuban native Adrian Nieto, who came to the U.S. on a raft with his family when he was 4. “Him being on a little boat with just two motors and these two huge ships got in between them. He said the waves were 15 feet high and he thought they were going to drown. It’s crazy.” •  Abreu landed and established residency in Haiti, before moving to the Dominican Republic to resume training. He was there approximately three months.  That same month, the Orioles’ Henry Urrutia — who defected in 2011 — told MLB.com that Abreu had called him from an “undisclosed location” to say he had successfully escaped. Less than a week later, agents who represent Urrutia announced they were planning to showcase Abreu. When Abreu reached the Dominican Republic, he lived in Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital, and Santiago, about two hours north, said Amauri Morel, who works at Praver Shapiro Sports Management. Morel, based in the Dominican, said he provided “client services” to Abreu — helping with housing, for example — and brought the slugger to train at various parks and stadiums. • It’s believed he was successful in his first escape attempt. Unlike Puig and others, Abreu never was reported to have been caught trying to escape, suggesting he may have made it out on his first try. Puig wasn’t successful until his fifth attempt to flee to Cuba. Of course, leaving Cuba was just part one of his horrifying journey .  • Abreu made his decision to defect during last year’s World Baseball Classic. “I realized I could go elsewhere with baseball,” he said in Spanish. “Everyone knows we’re here playing in the world’s best baseball league. The differences (with Cuban baseball) include the level of professionalism among players here.” Abreu has not indicated whether or not he paid smugglers to help him flee Cuba. As Hopkins’ notes, one of his agents, Bart Hernandez, was linked to alleged smugglers in a 2012 civil court case filed by Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. The connection is easy to draw, but Abreu, his agents, and his parents, who arrived in the United States during the season, have all remained silent when that subject is broached. Because of that silence, Abreu’s trek remains mostly a mystery. What isn’t a mystery is the impact he’s had already on the White Sox and the impression he’s making in the United States. At 27, he still has many prime seasons ahead of him.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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