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  1. Los Angeles Angels are already looking like baseball's best team ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that many people around baseball believe that the Angels could be MLB's best team, and they got off to a good start in Albert Pujols' debut on Friday night.

    Blog | Conversation | April 07, 2012
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Samardzija deal sets stage for Price trade

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- David Price's focus is on doing the best he can for the Tampa Bay Rays, he said here Saturday. But every day, there are reminders that he could be in his last hours with Tampa Bay. Players on other teams text him daily to ask whether h...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  7. Top 10 lineups in the majors

    Buster Olney

    Kendrys Morales is still looking for work, and so is Nelson Cruz. But with almost all of the best hitters in place, we present the first in a series of our annual top-10 team rankings: the best lineups. As one executive noted: "When y...

    Blog | December 26, 2013
  8. AL teams best positioned for October

    Buster Olney

    We have arrived at that time of year when six-month projections no longer matter, and when, in one week, a journeyman call-up like Nate McLouth can impact a pennant race more than MVP candidates. Baseball is a summer-long game, but the last bricks of...

    Blog | August 28, 2012
  9. What must go right for each AL contender to make the postseason -...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney runs through all of the current American League playoff contenders and says what must go right in the final month of the season for each team to have a shot at the postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | August 28, 2012
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Ranking toughest AL schedules

    Buster Olney

    Last year, the early-season schedule that the Orioles played might as well have been renamed the "This Is What It Takes To Get A Manager Fired" slate. The O's faced a murderers' row of games against the best teams in the American League, in...

    Blog | February 25, 2011
  15. 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
  16. 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