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  1. White Sox's climb boosts AL Central

    Buster Olney

    Maybe the American League Central has been better than previously advertised, in light of the recent postseason success of the teams. The Detroit Tigers played for the league championship three straight seasons, from 2011 to 2013, and really, all tha...

    Blog | November 22, 2014
  2. Kluber rewarded for hard work, big finish

    Buster Olney

    Accolades for a teammate are always a good thing, but after Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, the joy that others within the Indians organization experienced ran deep. Because of the person that Kluber is, and because of his wor...

    Blog | November 13, 2014
  3. 10 crucial matchups in the ALCS, NLCS

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Ten key matchups in the AL and NL Championship Series that begin Friday and Saturday, respectively: 1. The Orioles vs. the Kansas City running game: This is like a steel-cage match within the main event. The Royals have run aggressive...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  4. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  5. M's in prime position to steal AL West title

    Buster Olney

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Garrett Richards rushed to cover first base and blew out his knee. Sean Doolittle, the best reliever in the AL West, is out indefinitely with a strained intercostal muscle. John Jaso struggled with concussion symptoms in the traine...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  6. Rays still determining market for Price

    Buster Olney

    Executives with some teams have not gotten a sense of urgency from the Tampa Bay Rays yet. They say David Price has not been pushed yet. Some other clubs haven't received a final call for a last, best offer. "But they're preparing," one AL officia...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  7. A's make a mockery of tanking

    Buster Olney

    The Oakland Athletics are on a pace to win 102 games and their third consecutive AL West title. But they need only 17 more wins to extend another streak that might be even more remarkable: The number of consecutive seasons in which they have won at l...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  8. Gausman key to Orioles' playoff hopes

    Buster Olney

    Fourteen of the 15 American League teams are no further removed from the second wild-card spot than 5.5 games, as of this morning. In other words, 14 of the 15 AL teams should be working with a full dose of hope, including the Houston Astros, who los...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  9. Moves for Blue Jays to stay in the hunt

    Buster Olney

    The Blue Jays won 11 straight games last June on their way to finishing in last place, so the excitement over the team's strong May is restrained. When you haven't made the playoffs in 21 seasons, you understand how Lucy always pulls the football awa...

    Blog | May 31, 2014
  10. Are Cubs' finances worthy of their future?

    Buster Olney

    Earlier this week, we looked for some holes in the Top 300 fantasy rankings for Messrs. Berry, Karabell et al. In the name of fairness, it's worth expressing some regret over the placement of a particular team in our Future Power Rankings, which came...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  11. Ranking strength of early AL schedules

    Buster Olney

    The Cleveland Indians were 51-44 at the All-Star break, and when they lost four of their first five games in the second half, it was unclear whether they would remain in contention. But here's the thing: The Indians had what appeared to be on pape...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  12. The plight of 'The Draft Pick Five'

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA, Fla. -- An AL executive drew an analogy the other day between the situation facing "The Draft Pick Five" free agents -- Nelson Cruz, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales -- and the sale of a house. "If the price o...

    Blog | February 14, 2014
  13. Yankees still looking up in AL East

    Buster Olney

    The Yankees invested a $20 million posting fee and $155 million in salary in Masahiro Tanaka, and that total of $175 million represents the highest amount of dollars spent on any free-agent pitcher ever -- more than $161 million spent on CC Sabathia,...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  14. David Price could end up staying put

    Buster Olney

    The Tampa Bay Rays are credited for their use of defensive shifts, for their bullpen reconstructions, for their trades, for competing in the AL East annually. But what the club's leadership doesn't get enough credit for is how competitive it is. ...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  15. Top 10 storylines to watch in 2014

    Buster Olney

    Tim Kurkjian had it right last spring when he said the hardest thing to predict in 2013 was who was going to finish fifth in the AL East. Many folks thought it would be the Boston Red Sox, and instead, they won the World Series with a group of invest...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  16. Major financial shift in American League

    Buster Olney

    It's hard to say when the first real sign of escalation in the American League West appeared. Maybe it was the Mariners' trade for Cliff Lee in December 2009, a swift and aggressive deal made before any of the AL East powers knew that Lee was actuall...

    Blog | December 23, 2013