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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. Fister lesson: Good arms can come cheap

    Buster Olney

    Three years ago, the Detroit Tigers surprised folks with an under-the-radar trade at the deadline, when they plucked an unspectacular right-hander with average fastball velocity from the Seattle Mariners. That pitcher, Doug Fister, was attractive to ...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Big concerns for playoff-bound clubs

    Buster Olney

    Even for teams that know they are going to play October games, questions hover. Such as ... Boston Red Sox: What's the status of Jacoby Ellsbury? He met with reporters Wednesday, Alex Speier among them, and Ellsbury said he can't wait...

    Blog | September 19, 2013
  6. Expect blockbuster trades this winter

    Buster Olney

    Almost every team held their chips back before the trade deadline, leery of the seller's market that had developed, dubious about the value of the short-term rentals. The teams working from a position of strength mostly held in place: The Cardina...

    Blog | August 08, 2013
  7. How to pitch to Cabrera and Trout

    Buster Olney

    It was a slow Friday night for Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, relatively speaking. Cabrera had a single and two RBIs, and Trout had two hits and a walk and scored twice. Cabrera's batting average stands at .388, and Trout has an OPS of .963, and in p...

    Blog | May 25, 2013
  8. Guys to target in fantasy baseball

    Buster Olney

    Friends who play fantasy baseball ask me all the time about possible picks, and while I don't know about value relative to the rounds in a fantasy draft in the way Eric Karabell or Matthew Berry do, these are some of the names I've mentione...

    Blog | March 29, 2013
  9. Paul Maholm, Josh Beckett among players to target in fantasy base...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney gives his fantasy baseball recommendations for the 2013 season.

    Blog | Conversation | March 29, 2013
  10. Giants top first offseason power rankings

    Buster Olney

    Michael Bourn is still looking for a job, and so are Kyle Lohse, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Adam LaRoche, A.J. Pierzynski and Edwin Jackson. Rick Porcello is going to be traded, and as much as the Detroit Tigers keep telling everybody they're...

    Blog | December 18, 2012
  11. San Francisco Giants top Buster Olney's first offseason power ran...

    Buster Olney

    San Francisco Giants top Buster Olney's early winter power ranking.

    Blog | Conversation | December 18, 2012
  12. Offseason decisions for all 30 teams

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- As Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News writes, free agency begins today for Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and others, given the changes in the system. Marco Scutaro will still have images of his World Series-winning single dancing i...

    Blog | October 29, 2012
  13. Early looks at big offseason decisions facing all 30 teams - MLB

    Buster Olney

    With the World Series complete and the 2012 season in the rearview mirror, Buster Olney takes an early look at decisions facing all 30 teams this offseason.

    Blog | Conversation | October 29, 2012
  14. Framing the American League MVP debate

    Buster Olney

    The best front-office minds in baseball have been the engines of change in the sport over the past two decades, and as a result, there are fewer bunts and more lineups stacked according to on-base percentage and a greater value placed on defense. ...

    Blog | September 19, 2012
  15. Does Miguel Cabrera have an American League MVP case over Mike Tr...

    Buster Olney

    If we used old ways of determining value -- primarily home runs and RBIs -- then Miguel Cabrera could be the choice for AL MVP. But as Buster Olney writes, the way we evaluate players has changed, and it's hard to put Cabrera ahead of Mike Trout.

    Blog | Conversation | September 19, 2012
  16. Ten August trade candidates

    Buster Olney

    The rules have changed, on this first day in August, and the waiver process greatly impacts the volume of deals that will occur this month. For example: Woe to the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, who are at the mercy of Arizona Diam...

    Blog | August 01, 2012