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  1. Trading Cueto makes sense for the Reds

    Buster Olney

    The Cincinnati Reds will finish this season with a losing record, but their 2014 struggles may well take them beyond that bit of ignominy. It's possible they will finish last in the National League Central, and they have a chance to finish with one o...

    Blog | September 18, 2014
  2. Suggested rule for repeat PED violators

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- An injury has ended the season for a 10-year veteran, and a strong season it was: .301 batting average, .351 on-base percentage, 54 extra-base hits, 81 runs. He is 30 years old and a switch hitter, and he will have suitors. But the exte...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  3. Porter firing a sign of Astros' major issues

    Buster Olney

    With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, we know a lot more about the position that Bo Porter signed up for in the fall of 2012, when he became manager of the Houston Astros. Whether he knew it or not at the time, this is what the job notice probably sho...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  4. Stats versus strengths for Kershaw

    A.J. Ellis, Special to Insider

    Guest bloggers are stepping in for Buster Olney this week to write the lead item, while Buster still has his news and notes below that. Today's guest blogger is Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. Almost exactly two hours before he takes the ...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  5. Small change makes big impact for Wood

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Dee Gordon is the model of improvement in major league baseball this year, evolving from a part-timer into an All-Star with a position change and a change in regimen. He explained in spring training that by eliminating hours of pickup bas...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  6. To-do list for new MLB commish

    Buster Olney

    Editor's Note: This column originally ran last week. It has been updated based on news that Rob Manfred has been named to be the next MLB Commissioner. Major League Baseball's owners might have had more unanimous votes under commissioner Bud Selig...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  7. Finding value on the waiver wire

    Buster Olney

    Think of baseball's waiver claim process as you would government funding: By the time everybody has taken their piece of the pie and it reaches the end of the line, there really isn't much left. This is what's happening in the first days of August...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  8. Timing key in Cubs' call-up

    Buster Olney

    If this all plays out the way the Cubs hope, their collective journey will reflect that of Javier Baez, with failure preceding great success. The middle infielder started terribly in Triple-A this year, but as player development executives will tell ...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  9. Brett Gardner an unlikely power play

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Brett Gardner's work was finished late Sunday night and as he waited for a postgame interview to start, he playfully fired a wad of gum at Jason Zillo, the Yankees' director of media relations, who was standing about 15 feet away. This i...

    Blog | August 04, 2014
  10. Potential pitching targets for Red Sox

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Yoenis Cespedes got a hanging slider from Shane Greene on Saturday, a great chance to make an initial statement to Red Sox fans about the damage he can do. There were runners on base, and Boston was trying to mount a comeback. But Cesped...

    Blog | August 03, 2014
  11. The many August trade candidates

    Buster Olney

    A week ago, a rival executive forecast an elbow injury for Cliff Lee, citing different developing factors the way a meteorologist reads weather conditions. Lee has basically had a career free of arm injuries, the rival exec noted, and has thrown a to...

    Blog | August 01, 2014
  12. Matt Kemp tops players not being dealt

    Buster Olney

    It says a lot about the nature of the 2014 trade market that there has been more news from the executives announcing that they intend to keep a particular player than in making a deal; there's more substance in who is staying than who is going, on a ...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  13. Red Sox had better have a post-Lester plan

    Buster Olney

    Memo to John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino: I hope you have a Plan B. In fact, make sure you have a Plan B. Because if there is no Plan B to Jon Lester for next season, you could have a whole lot of angry fans and players by Opening Day, a...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  14. Marlins could be buyers at trade deadline

    Buster Olney

    Before you dismiss the notion that the Miami Marlins could be serious players in the market over the next few days, it's worth noting that, after their wild comeback win over Washington on Monday, they are closer to the leader in their division -- si...

    Blog | July 29, 2014
  15. New Atlantic League rules could help MLB

    Buster Olney

    Pat Gillick reminisced the other day about an amateur baseball tournament in Kansas, in which games were started from morning until midnight, the schedule pushed along by the clock. If the hitter wasn't in the box 90 seconds from the last pitch of an...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  16. 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