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  1. Hope springs eternal for all 30 teams

    Buster Olney

    A scout spoke with hope about his team the other day, because there's really no other way to talk before spring training. The scout's team has shored up an area of weakness, he mentioned, and a critical player looks as though he has bounced back w...

    Blog | February 02, 2015
  2. Ernie Banks always felt lucky

    Buster Olney

    In the first season of Home Run Derby, Ernie Banks vied against Mickey Mantle for the big money: The winner would get $2,000, the loser $1,000, with $500 bonuses built in for particular achievements. "Pretty lucky," Banks said, after the first of his...

    Blog | January 24, 2015
  3. Astros taking risky approach with lineup

    Buster Olney

    The 2015 Houston Astros will hit for a lot of power, with a whole lot of strikeouts, and newcomer Colby Rasmus, who, as Jerry Crasnick writes, will get $8 million in his one-year deal, will fit right in. Over the past two seasons, Rasmus banged 40 h...

    Blog | January 21, 2015
  4. Does Scherzer improve MLBs top team?

    Buster Olney

    The Washington Nationals have agreed to a seven-year contract with Max Scherzer for a reported $210 million, half of it deferred -- Scherzer reportedly will receive $15 million annually for 14 years -- the most ever spent on a free-agent pitcher, the...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  5. Top 10 infields in MLB: Rockies No. 1

    Buster Olney

    Among all the team elements ranked in the ongoing series, getting a consensus on the top infields was the most difficult. At one point or another, more than half a dozen teams were mentioned for the top spot. This is the fifth installment of the s...

    Blog | January 17, 2015
  6. Top 10 bullpens in MLB: Royals No. 1

    Buster Olney

    When baseball executives and players try to explain why run production has plummeted in recent seasons, they offer a range of theories, from MLB played without amphetamines and steroids to the impact of defensive shifts. But there is one common threa...

    Blog | January 13, 2015
  7. Top 10 rotations in the majors: Nats No. 1

    Buster Olney

    Max Scherzer remains unsigned, as does James Shields, and executives from all teams continue to circle the market, monitoring the asking price on the likes of Cole Hamels and others. But for most of the 30 teams, what you see is what you get, and ...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  8. Scherzer chances: A team-by-team look

    Buster Olney

    It's a holiday tradition, like counting down the final hours of the old year and watching bowl games on New Year's Day: trying to guess the landing spot of a prominent client of agent Scott Boras. A few years ago, it was Prince Fielder, and last ...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  9. 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
  10. Top 10 starting pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    This is the final installment of the position rankings and it has been an enjoyable exercise, culling through opinions from evaluators, getting feedback from some players, picking the brains of some really smart scouts. Justin Havens, Mark Simon and ...

    Blog | December 03, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Top 10 second basemen in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In keeping with the theme of the week, here's a ranking of the top 10 second basemen in the majors. Average OPS by position Pos. 2013 2014 1B .774 .757 2B .710 .686 SS .681 .678 3B .714 .715 ...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Here's how Yankees handle A-Rod fiasco

    Buster Olney

    The Miami Herald story on Alex Rodriguez confirmed what many probably already assumed: that his ardent and angry defense of 2013, his words and his legal strategy, was spectacular deceit. And by spectacular, I mean sheer enormity, not quality. He ...

    Blog | November 06, 2014
  15. My awards voting, playoff notes and more

    Buster Olney

    Lockers are being cleaned out these days, first in Oakland, then Pittsburgh, Detroit and Anaheim. Goodbyes are being said, perhaps temporarily or maybe for longer than that. Victor Martinez's season is over, and maybe his time with the Tigers is f...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  16. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014