Explaining Eric Hosmer to the Red Sox and 29 other free-agent decisions

Free agency is upon us, and I’d be surprised if we got through next week’s general managers’ and owners’ meetings without some significant signings. After what transpired last January — a spending cold front that left myriad veterans settling for far less than they hoped to get —

Joe Maddon left his best pitcher unused as Cubs were ruined

LOS ANGELES — Rome burned for the Cubs while Wade Davis withered in the bullpen. In a decision that could haunt Joe Maddon all winter, the Cubs manager on Sunday entrusted Game 2 of the NLCS to John Lackey. The erratic Lackey entered with two outs in the ninth and walked

Red Sox star embarrassed rival — then piloted his plane

MIAMI — Mookie Betts took Chris Archer up, up and away twice on Sunday. Betts, leading off for the Red Sox, homered on the Tampa ace’s third pitch. Then after the game, knowing Archer needed a lift cross-state to Miami for the All-Star Game, offered his private jet. The catch: Betts