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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Maddon, Tito can't make Dusty's mistake

    Buster Olney

    CLEVELAND -- Indians GM Chris Antonetti was asked about how many relievers the Indians intend to carry on their roster in Wednesday night's AL wild-card game, and he laughed and said that Terry Francona's preference is to carry about two dozen, so th...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  13. The September race execs are watching

    Buster Olney

    The race that is drawing the most attention among baseball officials might not be that for the AL wild-card spots -- which increasingly appears to be a three teams-for-two-spots situation among the Rays, Indians and Rangers -- nor the final jockeying...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  14. AL trade deadline preview

    Buster Olney

    Rival executives strongly believe that at most, Matt Garza has four to five starts remaining with the Chicago Cubs -- but probably fewer than that, because he has quickly developed into the most marketable, most sought-after starting pitcher, with a ...

    Blog | July 04, 2013
  15. NL trade deadline preview

    Buster Olney

    The perception in some corners around baseball is that the Chicago Cubs fared well in their trade of Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday. "They turned a one-year rental into pieces that can help [going forward]," said an AL evaluator. "The...

    Blog | July 03, 2013
  16. Ranking strength of AL schedules

    Buster Olney

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. - When the late, great Mike Flanagan served in the Baltimore Orioles' leadership in 2005, the team got off to a strong start, winning 30 of their first 46 games. I called "Flanny" in late May and asked him whether he thought they...

    Blog | February 23, 2013