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  1. Oakland's collapse could be worst ever

    Buster Olney

    On the morning of Aug. 10, the Oakland Athletics not only had a 4-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, they also had the majors' best record: 72-44, on a pace to win 96 games. They were regarded as the best team in baseball, with th...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  2. Add Billy Burns right now

    Eric Karabell

    The best team in baseball promoted one of the best base stealers in the minor leagues Monday, and I, for one, couldn't be more pleased! I remember watching the ridiculously speedy Billy Burns back in March while at spring training in Arizona, and ins...

    Blog | July 29, 2014
  3. Tampa Bay Rays are still as good as any other team

    Dayn Perry

    Dayn Perry explains why the Tampa Bay Rays still might be the best team in baseball.

    Story | Conversation | January 16, 2012
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays should both fear Minnesota Tw...

    Bryan Smith

    Bryan Smith of FanGraphs looks at the best -- and worst -- possible matchup for every team with a 10 percent chance or higher of playing in the postseason. Turns out that AL East powerhouses Tampa Bay and New York should both fear little Minnesota.

    Story | Conversation | September 17, 2010
  7. 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
  8. MLB -- Baseball Prospectus: Who are the best and worst single-sea...

    Jay Jaffe

    Baseball Prospectus brings the heat with a controversial idea: the best team ... of the entire 2000s ... was the 2001 Seattle Mariners. Wait, what? They lost in the ALCS. Ah, but you can prove it with metrics. To explore, come inside.

    Story | Conversation | December 17, 2009
  9. 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
  10. Tribe, Astros should win wild cards

    Rob Neyer

    The American League and National League wild-card races are finally sorting themselves out.

    Story | Conversation | September 09, 2005
  11. Trade deadline objectives: NL Central

    Jim Bowden

    Deadline objectives: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL West The National League Central has the best four-team race in baseball, with the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds all bat...

    Blog | July 26, 2014
  12. Who might deal for Hamels, Lee?

    Doug Mittler

    The Philadelphia Phillies are still built to win now, but have told other teams that they are willing to consider trades of either of their two best starting pitchers, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee, according to ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. Like ...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  13. Law: Complete NL draft breakdown

    Keith Law

    More draft coverage: Pick-by-pick analysis | Top 100 | AL: Best of Day 2 | NL: Best of Day 2 Here's a breakdown of how every National League team did in the first 10 rounds of the 2013 MLB draft. Arizona Diamondbacks I thought the Snakes got...

    Blog | June 09, 2013
  14. Day two highlights and lowlights: NL

    Christopher Crawford

    More draft content: Pick-by-pick analysis | Top 100 | AL best second round | NL best of second round It was an interesting day two, one that saw the new collective bargaining agreement draft rules play a key role in how teams went about their resp...

    Blog | June 07, 2013
  15. National League East looking like weakest in baseball - MLB

    Paul Swydan

    What looked like MLB's strongest division is now the weakest. Paul Swydan explains.

    Story | Conversation | May 27, 2013
  16. Teams best positioned for October run

    Buster Olney

    When Major League Baseball put its new set of playoff rules in place, nobody knew exactly how the changes would shape the decisions of managers and general managers and players. Nobody knew for sure if some unforeseen circumstance might emerge, alter...

    Blog | October 03, 2012