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  1. 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
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  4. Forensic evidence of the death of offense

    Buster Olney

    My favored theory about the decline in offense is drawn, to some degree, from what we've seen in recent years in the postseason, when scouting and specialized in-game decisions are routinely taken to the next level. Night after night in last year'...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Samardzija deal sets stage for Price trade

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- David Price's focus is on doing the best he can for the Tampa Bay Rays, he said here Saturday. But every day, there are reminders that he could be in his last hours with Tampa Bay. Players on other teams text him daily to ask whether h...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Top 10 rotations in the majors

    Buster Olney

    Mashiro Tanaka will represent a significant upgrade to the winning bidder, and as some executives said last week, the expectation is that he'll get a contract well over $100 million. Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez will also land somepla...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  13. Winners and losers of Kinsler-Fielder deal

    Buster Olney

    Here are the biggest winners of the Detroit Tigers-Texas Rangers blockbuster, and the biggest losers: Winners 1. Detroit Tigers: General manager David Dombrowski described to reporters how quickly this deal came together in a little...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  14. Clayton Kershaw offered deal in $300M range by Los Angeles Dodger...

    Buster Olney

    The Los Angeles Dodgers offered what was essentially a lifetime contract to pitcher Clayton Kershaw earlier this season, for a deal in the range of $300 million -- "an A-Rod deal," according to one source with knowledge of the scope and structure.

    Story | Conversation | October 19, 2013
  15. Collision ban seen as inevitable

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- In the aftermath of two home plate collisions in the American League Championship Series on Thursday, officials from other teams reiterated that they expect the topic of banning that play to be raised again in meetings this winter. Given...

    Blog | October 19, 2013
  16. Key matchups in the ALCS

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- David Ortiz hosted his Red Sox teammates for a barbecue at the two acres of his home here Thursday, a night away from the grind. Sort of. There are six televisions in the Ortiz home, and what filled the screen of each was the Detroit Tigers...

    Blog | October 12, 2013
  17. 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
  18. MLB Future Power Rankings 2013 update

    Jim Bowden, Keith Law & Buster Olney

    Keith Law, Jim Bowden and Buster Olney rank each team based on how well they are set up for sustained success.

    Story | Conversation | August 29, 2013