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  1. Suggested rule for repeat PED violators

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- An injury has ended the season for a 10-year veteran, and a strong season it was: .301 batting average, .351 on-base percentage, 54 extra-base hits, 81 runs. He is 30 years old and a switch hitter, and he will have suitors. But the exte...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  2. Red Sox had better have a post-Lester plan

    Buster Olney

    Memo to John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino: I hope you have a Plan B. In fact, make sure you have a Plan B. Because if there is no Plan B to Jon Lester for next season, you could have a whole lot of angry fans and players by Opening Day, a...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  3. Time for the Phillies to turn the page

    Buster Olney

    Philadelphia Phillies fans aren't happy, and they're expressing that through the ticket office: The team's attendance has plummeted, from an incredible (and unsustainable) 44,021 per game just two years ago to the current 30,438 per game. That's a 31...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  4. How Bailey changed the pitching market

    Buster Olney

    Homer Bailey's career ERA is 4.30, and he's had two seasons in which he has thrown over 200 innings. He has not pitched to the level of a Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, or even a Matt Cain. He's never had any kind of a vote for the Cy Young Award...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  5. Rockies' hot bats among stories to watch

    Buster Olney

    In case you missed it: The three leading hitters in the NL batting race all wear the same uniform. The Rockies' Charlie Blackmon is batting .379, Troy Tulowitzki is at .376, and Justin Morneau is at .357. Oh, yeah, and Nolan Arenado is ...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  6. MLB can fix a sticky situation

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Michael Pineda ambled into the visitors clubhouse here at about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon wearing a polo shirt and jeans, white earplugs stuffed into each side of his head, and a smile on a face that was closer to the ceiling than any face i...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  7. MLB must fix the transfer rule now

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- We can all agree that it would've been better to test the implementation of the replay system over the course of a summer, so that all of the technological and interpretative kinks could've been worked out in all 30 ballparks through the so...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  8. What could derail the Dodgers?

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were picked by more folks at ESPN than any other team to win the World Series; 38 of the 44 ESPN experts who cast ballots chose the Dodgers to win the NL West. Las Vegas is picking them as we...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  9. Braves must go low with Kimbrel

    Buster Olney

    The arbitration case that will be made for Craig Kimbrel next month will be unique, because no reliever has started a career with three-plus seasons like Kimbrel -- 381 strikeouts among the first 883 hitters he's faced, with a 1.39 ERA and 139 saves....

    Blog | January 30, 2014
  10. MLB's financial divide creating concern

    Buster Olney

    The Los Angeles Dodgers played by the rules in signing Clayton Kershaw to a record-setting contract last week, for an average salary for $30.7 million. Their new ownership saw the potential for financial might in the franchise, bought the team for mo...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  11. The 30 Linchpin Players of 2014

    Buster Olney

    The Cardinals would love for a strong season from Matt Adams, but you know what? If he requires more time to settle in as a regular, they've got enough other parts to win without a big contribution from the first baseman. The same could be said for R...

    Blog | January 19, 2014
  12. Free-agent pitchers feeling the squeeze

    Buster Olney

    Some of the teams that targeted starting pitching thus far in free agency, like the Giants, Royals and the Twins, have done some or all of their winter work choosing from the free agents with mid-sized contracts. Ricky Nolasco, Jason Vargas, Josh Joh...

    Blog | November 30, 2013
  13. Focus, hard work continue to define Sox

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- For the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday was just another day in 2013, with the players and staff scattered all over Fenway Park. Before the workout began just after 5 p.m., Dustin Pedroia stood inside the batting cage, wearing a ski hat and chattin...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  14. Francona's decision pays off

    Buster Olney

    MINNEAPOLIS -- The first pitch of Sunday's game here was still more than an hour away and Terry Francona was chewing gum at a record-setting rate, faster than any creature in history -- faster than any cud-chewing Holstein or Jersey cow, ever. ...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  15. Jose Fernandez takes his place

    Buster Olney

    A longtime evaluator who saw Jose Fernandez recently mentioned that the right-hander is among the three best pitchers in the majors. "Among the three best young pitchers?" I asked. No, he said. Among the three best. "Among the three best rig...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  16. More questions for Braun

    Buster Olney

    About 10 minutes before the start of a "Sunday Night Baseball" game in Baltimore on June 30, Chris Davis finished his pregame routine and stopped alongside the photo well, where I was sitting. Davis had something on his mind. Earlier in the day, h...

    Blog | August 23, 2013