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  1. Top 12 surprise stats of 2014 MLB season

    Buster Olney

    No sport overflows with information the way baseball does, with each pitch of each plate appearance adding to the growing expanse of an analytic universe. The players begin generating these numbers in early March, in exhibition games, and this contin...

    Blog | December 26, 2014
  2. Top 10 MLB storylines of 2015

    Buster Olney

    As 2015 approaches, here are my 10 biggest storylines to watch in the world of baseball. 1. The new commissioner Rob Manfred can probably relate to Prince Charles somewhat, because he's been waiting patiently for his turn at the throne in recen...

    Blog | December 25, 2014
  3. Whos ready to move on from 2014?

    Buster Olney

    These are some folks in Major League Baseball who probably can't wait to put 2014 behind them. 1. The Texas Rangers Last year began with what was effectively a season-ending collision between Derek Holland and his dog Wrigley, and it went down...

    Blog | December 24, 2014
  4. Hamels would make Pads a top contender

    Buster Olney

    The Padres are said to be pursuing Cole Hamels, writes Ryan Lawrence. San Diego still has three of its top four prospects remaining after its flurry of trades, based on Baseball America's rankings -- catcher Austin Hedges, pitcher Matt Wisler, an...

    Blog | December 22, 2014
  5. Padres' new star-studded lineup ill-fitting

    Buster Olney

    The whole baseball world is talking about the San Diego Padres today, in the dead of winter, probably for the first time since Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter were traded for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez a quarter-century ago. The Padres' spring tra...

    Blog | December 20, 2014
  6. The future of MLB in Cuba

    Buster Olney

    There is a temptation to say that the possible normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could lead to rapid and significant changes in professional baseball, because we've all heard the harrowing stories of escape from the island...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  7. Winners and losers of the winter meetings

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- In keeping with tradition, the Rule 5 draft was held on the final morning of baseball's winter meetings Thursday, and typically, executives pull roller bags into and out of that room, dying to get to the airport after four boring days of...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  8. Top 10 relief pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    On to part 10 of our series ranking the best players at each position in baseball. Here are the top 10 relievers: 1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves There is no sign of diminishment in Kimbrel's power stuff; in fact, Kimbrel's average fastball ve...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  9. Top 10 third basemen in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In keeping with our recent theme of ranking the top 10 players at each position in baseball, today we tackle third basemen. Unlike second base and shortstop, two other positions we've recently rated, third base is stacked. (We've also gone through...

    Blog | November 23, 2014
  10. Offseason dominoes begin to fall

    Buster Olney

    In one day, Major League Baseball served as the backdrop to a major trade, the second-biggest contract ever doled out by a team from Canada and the finalization of the largest contract in the history of North American professional sports. Offseaso...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  11. 'Great' free-agent pitcher market is illusory

    Buster Olney

    These are just some of the pitchers who could be available through free agency or trade in the next 13 months: Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields, Francisco Liriano, Cole Hamels, Ervin Santana, Edinson Volquez, Brett Anderson, Jason Hammel, Davi...

    Blog | November 02, 2014
  12. Tampa's choice on tampering charges

    Buster Olney

    Imagine that you are in a position of power with the Tampa Bay Rays and you are convinced the Cubs violated Major League Baseball rules by tampering with Joe Maddon. What would you do next? The Rays have a choice between two distinct routes, no...

    Blog | November 01, 2014
  13. Russell Martin set up for big payday

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY -- The final innings of the 2014 Major League Baseball season will play out here in the next 36 hours; meanwhile, executives from 28 other teams and dozens of agents are lining up for the start of the offseason, like runners lining up for...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  14. Andrew Friedman's to-do list with Dodgers

    Buster Olney

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Friedman takes over as president of baseball operations for a Los Angeles Dodgers franchise that has a payroll three times larger than what he's worked with in the past, with an all-time great pitcher in Clayton Kershaw and a ...

    Blog | October 15, 2014
  15. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  16. Pace of play committee lacks right voices

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Another in the season-long burst of complaints erupted recently over one of the on-the-fly rule changes that were implemented in 2014. An official with Major League Baseball privately conceded that the criticism, in this particular cas...

    Blog | September 23, 2014