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  1. 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
  2. Early observations from spring training

    Buster Olney

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- This is the time of spring training when a player can redefine himself with a first impression, good or bad. You could be Jesus Montero walking into the Seattle Mariners' camp 40 pounds overweight, or maybe Masahiro Tanaka, cutting...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  3. Players, teams in need of strong springs

    Buster Olney

    Eduardo Perez spoke on the podcast Thursday about how his perspective on spring training changed after Tino Martinez joined the Cardinals in 2002. The numbers don't count, the wins and losses evaporate once the regular-season starts, but what Perez t...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  4. Ranking strength of early AL schedules

    Buster Olney

    The Cleveland Indians were 51-44 at the All-Star break, and when they lost four of their first five games in the second half, it was unclear whether they would remain in contention. But here's the thing: The Indians had what appeared to be on pape...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  5. Phillies hurt long term by informing NCAA

    Buster Olney

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- For the third consecutive day, the Philadelphia Phillies did not comment on the decision to inform the NCAA that the college juniors they drafted in the fifth and sixth rounds last summer -- Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler and Wash...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  6. Reasons for optimism on every MLB team

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA BAY -- CC Sabathia laughed about the reaction to his weight loss -- 40 pounds over the last two offseasons, he said Friday -- and mentioned that he felt like the winner of the show "The Biggest Loser." He said he feels better, with his body ada...

    Blog | February 15, 2014
  7. Toughest lineup quandaries in MLB

    Buster Olney

    When Joe Torre managed, he jotted down lineups in his time away from the park, mulling over various possibilities, internally debating certain combinations. In other words: He was like a lot of baseball fans and reporters, who like to think throug...

    Blog | February 01, 2014
  8. Tanaka deal won't set off FA dominoes

    Buster Olney

    Masahiro Tanaka has reportedly agreed to a record-setting deal with the New York Yankees, and the expectation will be, in some circles, that the winter freeze will finally end and the phones will start to ring for Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt ...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  9. The 30 Linchpin Players of 2014

    Buster Olney

    The Cardinals would love for a strong season from Matt Adams, but you know what? If he requires more time to settle in as a regular, they've got enough other parts to win without a big contribution from the first baseman. The same could be said for R...

    Blog | January 19, 2014
  10. Top 10 teams in the majors

    Buster Olney

    As 2013 becomes 2014, here's a look at the top 10 teams in MLB. 1. Detroit Tigers Some of the teams that employ advanced metrics determined at the end of the last regular season that the Tigers were the best team in the American League -- by fa...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  11. 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
  12. Mike Trout and the $400 million question

    Buster Olney

    During the winter meetings last week, general managers rotated through the ESPN workroom to answer thematic questions. Their responses are used going into and coming out of commercials during "Baseball Tonight," and one of the questions posed was: Wh...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  13. Top remaining needs for contenders

    Buster Olney

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A lot of teams filled needs in recent weeks, which is why you wouldn't blame Boston GM Ben Cherington and St. Louis GM John Mozeliak if they spent some of the time here sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas. Their winter work is mostl...

    Blog | December 08, 2013
  14. McCann deal just the first move for Yanks

    Buster Olney

    A general manager ran through the list of possible targets for his team the other day, and he glossed over the name of a prominent free agent. Not interested, he indicated, because "you'd have to give up the [draft] pick." He expressed the continu...

    Blog | November 24, 2013
  15. 10 biggest holes on contenders

    Buster Olney

    A year ago, Marlon Byrd was coming off a season in which he had been suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs and was limited to just 47 games, and he eventually settled for a make-good minor league deal with the New York Mets. Now he...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  16. How the Indians remain a contender

    Buster Olney

    When the Indians clinched a playoff spot on the final Sunday of the regular season, Terry Francona walked through the two sheets of plastic that separated a hallway of sanity from Cleveland's champagne celebration. A few minutes later, Francona st...

    Blog | November 09, 2013