Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

If there were any doubts about the seriousness of the Chicago Cubs' pursuit of a World Series championship, they were erased Friday when the Cubs made it official: Joe Maddon is their new manager.

Closer Hawkins returning to Rockies for 2015

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

LaTroy Hawkins will be back for a 21st major league season after the Colorado Rockies exercised the veteran closer's 2015 contract option on Friday.

Hawkins' $2.25M option exercised by Rockies

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Closer LaTroy Hawkins' $2.25 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Colorado Rockies.

Maddux, Magadan return on Rangers coaching staff

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Pitching coach Mike Maddux and hitting coach Dave Magadan will remain on the Texas Rangers' coaching staff with new manager Jeff Banister.

Cubs make room for Maddon by firing Renteria

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The Chicago Cubs paved the way for Joe Maddon by announcing Friday they have fired manager Rick Renteria after only one season..

Ben Zobrist's $7.5M option exercised by Rays

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Ben Zobrist's $7.5 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Brewers exercise 2015 option on Ramirez

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Red Sox decline option on Breslow

|Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The Red Sox have declined to exercise their $4 million option on left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.

Giants Hall of Famer McCovey attends parade

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Hall of Famer Willie McCovey took a break from his hospital-based rehab to attend the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory parade Friday from behind the scenes, thanking all the fans and well-wishers for the support and love through his recent health ordeal.

Rays exercise 2015 option for Zobrist

| |Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised their 2015 club option on utilityman Ben Zobrist.