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  1. Behind great defense and dominant pitching, the Rays are the best...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney continues his top-10 series with a New Year's power rankings. The Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies all have higher payrolls, but dominant pitching and superb defense make the Tampa Bay Rays the best team in baseball.

    Blog | Conversation | January 01, 2012
  2. A pair of big names are still trying to find themselves with the ...

    Buster Olney

    For what many consider baseball's best team on paper, there are still concerns. Start with Daisuke Matsuzaka and his changed regimen, or Josh Beckett and what appears to be a loss of command. Can the Red Sox get them right?

    Blog | Conversation | March 14, 2011
  3. San Diego Padres have been good for close to a year; it's time to...

    Buster Olney

    The San Diego Padres aren't merely off to a good start. No, since July 27 of last season, they've been arguably the best team in all of baseball. So the idea of the Padres as sellers -- well, it may have to be put on hold for a while.

    Blog | Conversation | May 14, 2010
  4. Buster Olney Blog -- MLB -- Holliday has been great, but he may e...

    Buster Olney

    The Cardinals have become the best team in the NL -- with a lot of thanks to Matt Holliday -- but their salary history suggests that keeping the slugger around might be a stretch, writes Buster Olney. A prediction on where he'll be playing next season.

    Blog | Conversation | September 11, 2009
  5. Grady Sizemore, Joe Saunders and the second tier of free agents -...

    Buster Olney

    Buster breaks down the tier of free agents that could represent good value additions for teams.

    Blog | Conversation | December 21, 2012
  6. The Cubs should deal Dempster now

    Buster Olney

    Ryan Dempster's six scoreless innings for the Chicago Cubs on Saturday were probably his last with the team, because now is the best time to trade him. Dempster is healthy now, after being on the disabled list earlier this year, and if the Cubs ...

    Blog | July 15, 2012
  7. Possible trade partners for Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster - ...

    Buster Olney

    Ryan Dempster is pitching better than he has at any point this season, piling up scoreless innings, and Buster Olney writes that now is the time for the Cubs to trade him. That would also open up the market for Matt Garza later this month.

    Blog | Conversation | July 15, 2012
  8. The Blue Jays, Pirates and other potential trade suitors for Just...

    Buster Olney

    Teams are still trying to figure out why exactly Arizona is considering trading Justin Upton, but if the Diamondbacks do intend to deal him, which teams are the best trade fits? Buster Olney runs through his list.

    Blog | Conversation | July 12, 2012
  9. Nationals face dilemma in how to use Stephen Strasburg - MLB

    Buster Olney

    The Nationals may have finally built a team ready to win the NL East. But what happens when you have to shut down your best player for the stretch drive? Buster investigates.

    Blog | Conversation | May 07, 2012
  10. MLB: Nobody will face a tougher early slate than the Toronto Blue...

    Buster Olney

    Last season, the Baltimore Orioles played a terribly difficult early-season schedule. It may well have cost their manager a job. This year, it doesn't get much easier. But at least a rival takes their place with the toughest early slate.

    Blog | Conversation | February 25, 2011
  11. The MLB draft offers more evidence that teams are targeting quick...

    Buster Olney

    The draft is always a youth movement of sorts, as teams add young talent to their systems. But Buster Olney writes that some teams also clearly view the draft as a chance to make their big league roster better, and soon.

    Blog | Conversation | June 08, 2010
  12. A bullpen audit reveals some problems for Mets, Nats and others -...

    Buster Olney

    While the Washington Nationals have called up Drew Storen to help fill the many innings being eaten by the current members of their bullpen, not all teams have the resources to do the same. The Mets, for one, have a busy 'pen with no fix in sight.

    Blog | Conversation | May 17, 2010
  13. Predictions for 2010 MLB season

    Buster Olney

    Three of the four best teams in baseball today appear to be in the American League East, and all spring I asked talent evaluators, executives, scouts and players to do my job for me and pick the two playoff teams from the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays. ...

    Blog | March 28, 2010
  14. MLB: Buster Olney: 2010 MLB predictions from division winners to ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster talked to talent evaluators, executives, scouts and players before deciding on this predictions for the season.

    Blog | Conversation | March 28, 2010
  15. Buster Olney Blog -- MLB -- The best teams in the AL have cracks ...

    Buster Olney

    Look across the top of the divisions in the American League, or at the wildcard standings, and you see teams that appear to be comfortably set for the playoffs, but a closer look at their pitching staffs reveals some fissures, writes Buster Olney.

    Blog | Conversation | September 17, 2009
  16. Buster Olney Blog -- MLB -- Brad Penny was dominant; the question...

    Buster Olney

    For one night at least, Brad Penny was out there dominating the best lineup in the National League -- the question is why, writes Buster Olney. Plus, Buster is ecstatic that one of his own has made the jump to the major leagues.

    Blog | Conversation | September 03, 2009