Major League Baseball

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed Monday any chatter involving his team and Bryce Harper, the hard-swinging right fielder who has been the headliner of this year's free-agency period.

Cashman cold on pursuing Harper, eyes Machado

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed Monday any chatter involving his team and Bryce Harper, the hard-swinging right fielder who has been the headliner of this year's free-agency period. [http://www.espn.com]

The surprise elevation of the former White Sox DH to Cooperstown showed that some teams pay back their stars with loyalty as well as cash.

One key lesson from Baines' Hall of Fame win for Harper, Machado

The surprise elevation of the former White Sox DH to Cooperstown showed that some teams pay back their stars with loyalty as well as cash. [http://www.espn.com]

Comebacks? Records? Those are nice. But ESPN's Peter Keating says the 20 most dominant athletes of 2018 made our list by redefining the impossible.

Who were the most dominant athletes of 2018? We crunched the numbers

Comebacks? Records? Those are nice. But ESPN's Peter Keating says the 20 most dominant athletes of 2018 made our list by redefining the impossible. [http://www.espn.com]

Working around a bloated budget, the Cubs might only target bullpen help with closer Brandon Morrow likely to miss the first month of 2019.

Can budget-strapped Cubs solve need for late-game relief?

Working around a bloated budget, the Cubs might only target bullpen help with closer Brandon Morrow likely to miss the first month of 2019. [http://www.espn.com]

One magical at-bat showed how Mookie Betts -- No. 14 on ESPN the Magazine's list of the most dominant athletes of the year -- morphed into an MVP.

How Mookie Betts dominated in 2018

One magical at-bat showed how Mookie Betts -- No. 14 on ESPN the Magazine's list of the most dominant athletes of the year -- morphed into an MVP. [http://www.espn.com]

Harold Baines' selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday surprised many, and Baines said Monday that he played to try to win a championship, so he never gave a lot of thought to making the Hall.

Baines surprised, honored to join Hall of Fame

Harold Baines' selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday surprised many, and Baines said Monday that he played to try to win a championship, so he never gave a lot of thought to making the Hall. [http://www.espn.com]

Kaleb Cowart, claimed by Seattle off waivers from the Angels, said he is excited about attempting to become the big league's second two-way player despite the inherent challenges.

Cowart eyes Ohtani feat despite 'huge workload'

Kaleb Cowart, claimed by Seattle off waivers from the Angels, said he is excited about attempting to become the big league's second two-way player despite the inherent challenges. [http://www.espn.com]

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who missed all but 26 games last season after having Tommy John surgery, has gone from rehabbing to training for next season, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

Dodgers say Seager 'doing well,' back in training

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who missed all but 26 games last season after having Tommy John surgery, has gone from rehabbing to training for next season, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. [http://www.espn.com]

The Cubs are searching for their next David Ross, according to general manager Jed Hoyer, who says the team's lack of 2018 leadership was a miscalculation.

Cubs GM: Filling veteran leadership void a priority

The Cubs are searching for their next David Ross, according to general manager Jed Hoyer, who says the team's lack of 2018 leadership was a miscalculation. [http://www.espn.com]

Offseason surgery on his right hip could limit Giants catcher Buster Posey early in the season, but Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Monday that Posey will return to 100 percent with time.

Hip recovery could limit Giants' Posey early on

Offseason surgery on his right hip could limit Giants catcher Buster Posey early in the season, but Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Monday that Posey will return to 100 percent with time. [http://www.espn.com]