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  1. The market for Jeff Samardzija

    Buster Olney

    The playoff field expanded from eight to 10 teams for the first time, giving more teams more chances at trying to make it to the postseason, making it less likely that clubs would become sellers before the July 31 trade deadline. Generally speaking, ...

    Blog | May 17, 2014
  2. Why MLB must ban plate collisions

    Buster Olney

    A talent evaluator who works in baseball imagined the future testimony aimed at a team -- or all of Major League Baseball -- in a lawsuit filed by a catcher seriously injured while blocking home plate. "'I was told in spring training by my catchin...

    Blog | September 07, 2013
  3. Where Robinson Cano could go

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- If the Yankees don't make the playoffs, then as of this morning, there are 33 games left in the career of Mariano Rivera. But everybody saw that coming. There may also be only 33 games remaining in Robinson Cano's tenure with the Ya...

    Blog | August 25, 2013
  4. The future of Alex Rodriguez

    Buster Olney

    PHILADELPHIA -- The news conference that Alex Rodriguez gave the other night was astonishing because it was like he stole the script that Ryan Braun had used 17 months before. Rodriguez was indignant, he was resolute, he hinted at conspiracy, and ...

    Blog | August 04, 2013
  5. An alternative to deadline deals

    Buster Olney

    There is a consolation prize for those teams not at the top of their respective divisions: In August, they get to play crossing guard before every tradeable commodity reaches the No. 1 team -- holding the power to stop them from getting through. ...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  6. Which team will land Jake Peavy?

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- There will be some deals in the next three-plus days before the trade deadline. But the fervor with which teams acted in the last week of July has largely disintegrated, because older players aren't valued and trusted as much as they were,...

    Blog | July 28, 2013
  7. How Red Sox can maintain success

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- The cracks are there in the Red Sox, as with all teams, and Boston's front office is faced with the question of whether the fix is just a matter of slapping on some Spackle and paint, or if there is a need for something more substantive. ...

    Blog | July 21, 2013
  8. Which relievers could be on the move?

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- The Farmers' Almanac weather forecast might be more reliable than a guesstimate on how relief pitchers will fare. The Boston Red Sox added Eric Gagne at the deadline in 2007, when his ERA was 2.16, and within a few weeks he appeared to deve...

    Blog | July 20, 2013
  9. MLB had no choice with Biogenesis

    Buster Olney

    Bud Selig didn't have to commission the Mitchell report, and there's a strong argument that he made a mistake by needlessly picking a scab that didn't have a chance of healing when he did. George Mitchell was never going to get all of the answers, or...

    Blog | July 16, 2013
  10. New clubhouse vibe key for Red Sox

    Buster Olney

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When the Red Sox decision-makers sat last winter to evaluate players -- their own and those who might be available -- some form of this question was asked repeatedly: What type of person is he? In other words: How tough is he? How...

    Blog | July 07, 2013
  11. How Davis developed into an elite hitter

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis was anxious at the plate against CC Sabathia on Friday, chasing pitches out of the strike zone, perhaps in the way that he did in those frustrating days when he was with the Texas Rangers. During that game, Robinson Cano reac...

    Blog | June 30, 2013
  12. Reasons for Wainwright's success

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Oh sure, Adam Wainwright would rather have been on the field in 2011 doing what he loves to do. But he explained on Saturday that while he has always loved baseball, he sort of renewed his vows with the sport that summer as he went throu...

    Blog | June 23, 2013
  13. Gattis thriving in pinch-hitting role

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Braves slugger Evan Gattis has a total of two hits in 21 at-bats in June, so the threat of his impact on games probably outweighs his actual production. But the mere threat is tangible, maybe because rival pitchers, catchers and manager...

    Blog | June 16, 2013
  14. Secret to Cardinals' offensive success

    Buster Olney

    CINCINNATI -- Pitching to the St. Louis Cardinals is like standing on a hill of fire ants. You might get one or two of them, but the rest will keep coming, and they will get you. The other day, the Reds' Mike Leake -- who has been pitching well late...

    Blog | June 09, 2013
  15. B.J. Upton's new approach

    Buster Olney

    Just before last Sunday night's game, Atlanta Braves hitting coach Greg Walker stood at the mouth of the dugout and talked about B.J. Upton's complicated, dysfunctional swing. Upton's front foot wasn't getting down quickly enough -- toes and heel -- ...

    Blog | June 02, 2013
  16. Solving the Braves' bullpen issue

    Buster Olney

    There are a lot of ways to evaluate talent, and maybe the worst is the good old-fashioned "pulse of the room" check. But you walk into the clubhouse and the Atlanta Braves are loaded. Freddie Freeman, 23, sits at his locker and chats with the Jus...

    Blog | May 27, 2013