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  1. It's now time to see who could be dealing with injuries well into...

    Buster Olney

    We've reached the point in spring when injuries that were mere ailments, the kind of spring training issues that fade as the more serious stuff draws near, are no longer small matters. If you're hurt now, you'll likely be feeling it in April. A report.

    Blog | Conversation | March 18, 2011
  2. In Atlanta, Martin Prado has moved so Dan Uggla can slide in; shi...

    Buster Olney

    It's never easy to tell a good player he needs to find another position, but Atlanta had to do that with Martin Prado when Dan Uggla arrived. Prado is now working in the outfield, and the Braves should be better for it -- once he gets used to the job.

    Blog | Conversation | March 17, 2011
  3. Spring training matters for more to some than others; Buster dist...

    Buster Olney

    For many veterans, and veteran teams, spring training is little more than an exercise in preparation and building. For others, it's about competition and the need to prove a point or two. Buster distinguishes cases from the current spring.

    Blog | Conversation | March 16, 2011
  4. 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
  5. Buster Olney: It's been all about development at Royals camp, and...

    Buster Olney

    It's all about development at Royals camp, but that's not just about the wave of talent set to arrive in the next couple of years. There are roster players who still have a shot to develop into something more, and a sense the system must be kept deep.

    Blog | Conversation | March 11, 2011
  6. Milwaukee Brewers took a risk in Zack Greinke; New York Yankees t...

    Buster Olney

    The Brewers are counting on Zack Greinke, but he now will be out for a bit. The Yankees are counting on A.J. Burnett, and he's off to a very good spring start as he works on new mechanics. Buster goes through other good-news, bad-news situations.

    Blog | Conversation | March 09, 2011
  7. MLB: Matt Thornton's deal is another indicator that relief costs ...

    Buster Olney

    Based on some of the recent deals in the relief market, Matt Thornton's deal for $14 million practically looks like a bargain. Perhaps this is a new way to go after the market -- extend guys for a couple of well-paid years before they become free agents.

    Blog | Conversation | March 07, 2011
  8. MLB: Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez won't merely bat behind Migu...

    Buster Olney

    Victor Martinez was picked up by Detroit because they needed somebody to provide balance in the lineup, a bat they could slot in behind Miguel Cabrera. But V-Mart's bigger role may be to stand behind Cabrera as he battles his demons.

    Blog | Conversation | March 04, 2011
  9. MLB: The San Francisco Giants won't dump Barry Zito now, but they...

    Buster Olney

    If you want a good idea of how to age gracefully and still produce in the majors, you could do a lot worse than mimicking the path of Jim Thome, who has been able to produce because he's asked his body to do less. Chipper Jones is learning.

    Blog | Conversation | March 03, 2011
  10. MLB: Chipper Jones is mimicking the path of old pal Jim Thome

    Buster Olney

    If you want a good idea of how to age gracefully and still produce in the majors, you could do a lot worse than mimicking the path of Jim Thome, who has been able to produce because he's asked his body to do less. Chipper Jones is learning.

    Blog | Conversation | March 02, 2011
  11. MLB: Nobody will face a tougher early slate than the Arizona Diam...

    Buster Olney

    As if the Phillies didn't have enough good offseason karma, they may have the best schedule in all of baseball to start the year.

    Blog | Conversation | February 28, 2011
  12. 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
  13. MLB: How the Braves intend to bring along Freddie Freeman, and Ad...

    Buster Olney

    While massive, Freddie Freeman isn't likely to become a big-time power source for Atlanta. What he could be is a long-term, solid-hitting solution at first base, and the Braves have a plan. Plus, reaction to Adam Wainwright's injury.

    Blog | Conversation | February 24, 2011
  14. Chicago's Northsiders could face a lot of pressure to make a run ...

    Buster Olney

    Chicago not only has a lot of money coming off the books at the end of the season, the Cubs could have more motivation than any team in the league to take Albert Pujols out of St. Louis. And Buster thinks owner Tom Ricketts will feel the pressure.

    Blog | Conversation | February 23, 2011
  15. New York Yankees working to figure out who can fill back of rotat...

    Buster Olney

    Manny Banuelos is another young arm that the Yankees are looking at as a potential help down the stretch, but in the meantime, it's all about finding the final 400 or so innings from a rotation good at the top, but a mystery in the back.

    Blog | Conversation | February 21, 2011
  16. MLB: Miguel Cabrera can get better, but the Tigers can't be enabl...

    Buster Olney

    Darryl Strawberry required the structure of baseball, the bare fact it existed and surrounded him, to keep him from his demons. Miguel Cabrera may require the same, but that doesn't mean his chance to beat his demons should be wasted.

    Blog | Conversation | February 18, 2011