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  1. Glaring holes among playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    It's easy to imagine the Angels succeeding in October -- for seven innings, at least. Mike Trout is already widely regarded as the best player on the planet, and he is in the midst of what is arguably the best month of his career, sporting a 1.228 OP...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  2. Why did the Cubs hire Manny Ramirez?

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Manny Ramirez offended a whole lot of folks who work under the Major League Baseball umbrella during his career. OK, more than a lot. Maybe hundreds. Maybe thousands. Start with Jack McCormick, the Boston Red Sox's traveling secr...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Early picks for every division

    Buster Olney

    There are still some front-line free agents who will sign before the start of the regular season, and the inevitable spring training injuries to come, so it's too early to lock in predictions for 2014. But right now, this is what I'm looking at: ...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Top 10 storylines to watch in 2014

    Buster Olney

    Tim Kurkjian had it right last spring when he said the hardest thing to predict in 2013 was who was going to finish fifth in the AL East. Many folks thought it would be the Boston Red Sox, and instead, they won the World Series with a group of invest...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Many teams capable of a big move

    Buster Olney

    The Mariners have spent about $250 million this offseason, and the Yankees more than $300 million. Most of the best free agents have come off the board, and as general managers rushed out of the building with the dolphin on the top to catch flights o...

    Blog | December 15, 2013
  11. Cano, Yankees at a contract standoff

    Buster Olney

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- There have been no big shifts in the New York Yankees' early contract discussions with Robinson Cano. This is what team owner Hal Steinbrenner told the Associated Press on Tuesday: "We expressed to [agent] Scott [Boras...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  12. Robinson Cano and New York Yankees at a contract standoff - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Robinson Cano will make the most money if he waits until free agency, writes Buster Olney, but he could still cash in if he agrees to a deal now.

    Blog | Conversation | February 20, 2013
  13. Top 10 infields in the majors

    Buster Olney

    As we continue our series for this week, we present the teams with the best collection of infielders -- first base, second, third and shortstop -- in the majors. 1. Texas Rangers The Rangers' plan is to give Mitch Moreland a chance to establi...

    Blog | January 02, 2013
  14. Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers among the top 10 infields - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the top 10 infields in the majors

    Blog | Conversation | January 02, 2013
  15. Top 10 outfields in MLB

    Buster Olney

    Yesterday, I ranked the top 10 starting rotations in baseball. Today, the rankings for the best outfields in the majors -- as in offense, defense, the whole thing: 1. Los Angeles Angels This group has a chance to be something really special. Mik...

    Blog | January 01, 2013
  16. Los Angeles Angels and Washington Nationals have two of the 10 be...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney ranks the top 10 outfields in baseball in today's blog.

    Blog | Conversation | January 01, 2013