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  1. Top 10 linchpin players of 2015

    Buster Olney

    Madison Bumgarner will go down in history as one of baseball's most transformative players, because we can say with Richard Sherman-level confidence that without Bumgarner, the Giants never would have won the World Series last year -- not even close....

    Blog | January 29, 2015
  2. 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
  3. Young Marlins trio tops outfield rankings

    Buster Olney

    Giancarlo Stanton got a lot of attention in 2014 for his record-setting contract, for leading the National League in homers, and for that frightening moment when he was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers fastball. All of that obscured Stanton's improvem...

    Blog | January 18, 2015
  4. 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
  5. Royals No. 1 in MLB team defense ranks

    Buster Olney

    More and more, the use of defensive shifts is impacting the play of individuals. Last summer, there might not have been a better example than Jhonny Peralta. If a coach stood at the plate and mashed ground balls at Peralta and some of his peers, Pera...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  6. Red Sox lead top 10 ranks of MLB lineups

    Buster Olney

    Last year, the world of run production was turned upside down, with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, who almost always finish in the top 10 in runs scored, ranking among the worst rather than the best. In 2015, that usual world order will ...

    Blog | January 14, 2015
  7. 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
  8. Eleven in baseball at a career crossroads

    Buster Olney

    Some players will go into 2015 still defining themselves, like the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper. Others, like David Ortiz, have cemented their legacies. But there are folks in the game -- both players and managers -- for whom 2015 will repr...

    Blog | December 29, 2014
  9. Top 10 MLB storylines of 2015

    Buster Olney

    As 2015 approaches, here are my 10 biggest storylines to watch in the world of baseball. 1. The new commissioner Rob Manfred can probably relate to Prince Charles somewhat, because he's been waiting patiently for his turn at the throne in recen...

    Blog | December 25, 2014
  10. Could Craig be dealt?

    AJ Mass

    In talking about Allen Craig's 2014 journey, ESPN.com's Buster Olney writes: "He went from being the heart of the Cardinals' attack, consistently generating some of the best production with runners on base in the history of baseball, to unloaded in a...

    Blog | December 24, 2014
  11. Whos ready to move on from 2014?

    Buster Olney

    These are some folks in Major League Baseball who probably can't wait to put 2014 behind them. 1. The Texas Rangers Last year began with what was effectively a season-ending collision between Derek Holland and his dog Wrigley, and it went down...

    Blog | December 24, 2014
  12. Padres' new star-studded lineup ill-fitting

    Buster Olney

    The whole baseball world is talking about the San Diego Padres today, in the dead of winter, probably for the first time since Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter were traded for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez a quarter-century ago. The Padres' spring tra...

    Blog | December 20, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Lester deal will set other wheels in motion

    Buster Olney

    Andrew Miller has a free-agent market all to himself, in a sense, as the only elite left-handed power reliever, and in the hours ahead he will choose his next team independent of anything else that happens with other players. There are a small handfu...

    Blog | November 30, 2014
  15. Left field ranks: Where would Hanley fit?

    Buster Olney

    Hanley Ramirez has joined the ranks of left fielders now, and although we have no idea how quickly he'll learn to play the caroms off the Green Monster, or how much range he'll have out there, or how quickly he can learn to throw like an outfielder i...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  16. 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