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Olney: How social media is negatively impacting Hall of Fame voting
Deciding which stars deserve a spot in Cooperstown should be a joyful exercise, but backlash to voters' selections is sucking the fun out of the debate. Plus, a look at what players can do about the state of free agency.

Cubs' quips draw ire of Cards' Molina: 'Losers'
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took exception to quips about St. Louis by Cubs star Kris Bryant and Ryan Dempster, saying only "stupid players and losers" make fun of other cities.

Bryant, Longoria irked Harper, Machado still free
Kris Bryant and Evan Longoria expressed frustration that several free agents, including stars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, are still looking for jobs as February nears.

Angels reach deal with Cody Allen to be closer
The Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with relief pitcher Cody Allen on a one-year deal to be their closer next season, the team announced.

Tebow to open spring in Mets' major league camp
The Mets say Tim Tebow will return to start spring training at the team's major league camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Dombrowski: Red Sox unlikely to spend on closer
Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Thursday he doesn't expect to spend a lot of money on a closer.

Red Sox's Cora hedges on White House visit
Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native who has been outspoken about its need for hurricane relief, indicated on Thursday that he may skip the World Series celebration at the White House over President Trump's policies toward the island.

Cubs owner: Keeping Russell best for all parties
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said the team decided it would rather support Addison Russell after his suspension for violating the league's domestic abuse policy rather than "just cut him."

Mariano Rivera, Lee Smith and what makes a Hall of Fame closer
One is a first-ballot lock. The other a last-chance inductee. Here's what Cooperstown's 2019 ninth-inning stars tell us about Hall standards for the position.

Buster's Buzz: Red Sox repeat? Four question marks facing the champs
From health to hangovers, Boston still must find a few answers in its quest for a second straight ring.

Latest Harper, Machado predictions: Will duo sign by Super Bowl Sunday?
With the offseason providing few answers for baseball's superstar free agents, we shed some light on where things stand and where they're headed.

Forget Babe Ruth, Yankees get the guy who could strike him out
Adding Adam Ottavino -- who boasted he'd whiff the Bambino "every time" -- gives the Bombers the best bullpen in the universe.

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