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  1. Biggest remaining needs for contenders

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- As the winter meetings kick off, here are the most significant needs for 12 teams that view themselves as top contenders in 2015: 1. Boston Red Sox: A starting pitcher Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are unique in this winter's m...

    Blog | December 07, 2014
  2. Top 10 right fielders in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In the latest installment in our series ranking the top 10 players at each position -- and No. 1 third baseman Josh Donaldson was traded Friday night -- we move on to the right fielders. 1. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins Miami has bet a r...

    Blog | November 29, 2014
  3. Top 10 center fielders in MLB

    Buster Olney

    Ranking the best center fielders is fairly simple at the top. Mike Trout, widely regarded as the best player in the game, is No. 1. Andrew McCutchen, arguably the second-best position player, is No. 2. It gets more complicated after that. 1...

    Blog | November 26, 2014
  4. Top 10 third basemen in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In keeping with our recent theme of ranking the top 10 players at each position in baseball, today we tackle third basemen. Unlike second base and shortstop, two other positions we've recently rated, third base is stacked. (We've also gone through...

    Blog | November 23, 2014
  5. The top 10 catchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In those handful of moments when the New York Yankees talked about an austerity drive a couple of years ago, when Hal Steinbrenner spoke of getting under the salary cap, they decided to let Russell Martin walk away as a free agent -- and he was snapp...

    Blog | November 16, 2014
  6. Game of DH musical chairs has begun

    Buster Olney

    If you want to take a sample of how saturated the market is with designated hitters, consider a slice of Adam Lind's recent experience for examination. Last season, the left-handed-hitting Lind was limited to 96 games because of injury, but in tha...

    Blog | November 12, 2014
  7. Milwaukee Brewers trade for Jonathan Broxton of Cincinnati Reds

    Buster Olney

    The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named later.

    Story | Conversation | August 31, 2014
  8. Only Selig can rescue Padres from debacle

    Buster Olney

    Only five months remain in Bud Selig's tenure as commissioner, and with his successor chosen (Rob Manfred), most of his remaining duties are ceremonial. After stopping at a few more parks in his farewell tour, he'll crown the champion at the World Se...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  9. Ryan Braun's power outage

    Buster Olney

    An experienced and smart evaluator who has seen Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun a couple of times this year noted all the twists in his career in a conversation on Monday. "Wins the Most Valuable Player Award [in 2011] hitting with all ki...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  10. Inactivity at an all-time high in baseball

    Buster Olney

    Brady Anderson swung as hard as he possibly could throughout the 1996 season and blasted 50 homers. He swung hard on the first pitch, he swung aggressively when the count was 0-2, he swung aggressively always. He scored 117 runs and compiled 92 e...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  11. Ranking the contenders' schedule strength

    Buster Olney

    On July 23, 2013, the Cleveland Indians were 52-48 and slogging along. But what they had in front of them was opportunity, as noted then, in the form of one of the easiest second-half schedules in the big leagues. They proceeded to take full advantag...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  12. Injuries could force Rangers to rebuild

    Buster Olney

    The storms of the obvious must first be weathered by the Texas Rangers. Yes, the Prince Fielder injury hurts their chances to compete (although he wasn't playing that well, and whoever replaces him could be better). Yes, Texas would be well-served to...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  13. McCutchen, Pirates need help

    Buster Olney

    Andrew McCutchen has never drawn more than 89 walks in a season, and right now, he's on track to increase that by a healthy margin. For the first time, opposing pitchers and catchers are making a point of pitching around McCutchen and putting the onu...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  14. Red Sox had reasons to say nothing

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have been there and done that with the accusations of pitchers using foreign substances, from Clay Buchholz's shiny forearm and game-day wet look to the green stuff seemingly wedged into the leather of Jon Lester's glove last October. The...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  15. The future is now for Tigers

    Buster Olney

    The presumption within baseball is that the Detroit Tigers have been absorbing financial losses for years, owing to Mike Ilitch's deep desire for a World Series title. Consider the payrolls of clubs similar in market size and geography. The Cleve...

    Blog | March 22, 2014
  16. Ranking strength of early NL schedules

    Buster Olney

    In following Tuesday's column ranking the American League's early-season schedules, Wednesday we have the National League. The teams are ranked toughest to easiest in caliber of early-season schedule. 1. Chicago Cubs Games vs. teams with reco...

    Blog | February 26, 2014