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MLB rumors: Red Sox, White Sox possible landing spots for Adam Ottavino

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, White Sox possible landing spots for Adam Ottavino

The Boston Red Sox are interested in free-agent relief pitcher Adam Ottavino, but they aren't the only potential American League landing spot for the former Colorado Rockies right-hander.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported the latest on Ottavino's future with the following tweet Thursday morning:

The New York Yankees and New York Mets also are interested in signing the 33-year-old veteran, per reports. 

Boston's need for Ottavino is higher now after reliever Joe Kelly agreed to a three-year, $25 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Kelly served a number of different roles out of the Red Sox bullpen, including the eighth-inning role -- one that Ottavino could fill in Boston. Besides, who wouldn't want a pitcher with enough confidence to strike out Babe Ruth with ease?

Ottavino posted a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings for the Rockies in 2018. He's one of the best relief pitchers on the free-agent market, along with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, who's seeking a nine-figure payday.

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Rhode Island congressman rips apart Donald Trump's Curt Schilling HOF endorsement

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Rhode Island congressman rips apart Donald Trump's Curt Schilling HOF endorsement

The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced Tuesday, and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is not expected to receive enough votes to be included.

Schilling was a fantastic pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and Red Sox, and won three World Series in his career (one with Arizona, two with Boston). His postseason resumé is pretty impressive, too. Schilling has been a controversial figure in retirement and has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.

Trump, in a tweet Sunday night during the AFC Championship Game, endorsed Schilling for the Hall of Fame. Rhode Island congressman David Cicilline strongly opposed the president's endorsement of Schilling, and he explained why in the tweet below.

Schilling is not liked by many people in Rhode Island, and this Boston Globe story gives a good history into why.

The former MLB pitcher believes his conservative political views have played a part in keeping him out of the Hall of Fame to this point. Other people would argue his regular-season stats simply aren't good enough. 

The 2019 class will be announced at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday. New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who's on the ballot for the first time, is expected to headline the group.

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MLB Network's list of top right fielders will fuel Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

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MLB Network's list of top right fielders will fuel Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts helped his team win a franchise record 108 games and the World Series last season. Oh, by the way, he also was named American League MVP.

However, all of that success wasn't enough for him to be No. 1 on MLB Network's recent list of the best right fielders in baseball. The top spot went to New York Yankees star Aaron Judge. Check out MLB Network's list in the video below.

Here's how MLB Network came up with its ranking.

These lists are dictated by The Shredder, MLB Network's player rating formula, which looks back at the last two seasons and weights them evenly. Over the past two years ….

Judge: .282/.409/.584, 79 homers, 15 steals, 162 wRC+
Betts: .301/.388/.541, 56 homers, 56 steals, 143 wRC+

Stats can be tricky, especially in a sport like baseball where there are so many of them. They can be used to bolster either side of an argument. What's not debatable, though, is Betts was the better player in 2018. The Red Sox outfielder was an elite hitter and defensive player. In addition to AL MVP, Betts also took home a silver slugger, a Gold Glove Award and won the 2018 batting title. 

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry was thrust back into the spotlight last October when Boston eliminated New York in the American League Division Series. This list from MLB Network should add more fuel to the fire as Opening Day approaches. 

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