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  1. Cabrera, Martinez pivotal to Tigers' success

    Buster Olney

    One of the greatest hitters of all time is coming back from serious ankle surgery and his team really doesn't know how his recovery will go. And, at the same time, the best pure hitter of 2014 is also injured, and with only a couple of weeks before t...

    Blog | February 07, 2015
  2. 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
  3. 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
  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. Top 10 shortstops in MLB

    Buster Olney

    The question of whether you'd prefer to have Buster Posey or Yadier Molina at catcher has lots of layers, as does the debate about whether Miguel Cabrera is the game's top first baseman. But with Troy Tulowitzki coming back from major surgery and ...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  6. The top 10 first basemen in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In the second installment of our rankings of the best players at each position -- we ranked the catchers Sunday -- we rank the top 10 first basemen Monday, with the selections following input and observations of MLB evaluators. 1. Paul Goldschmidt...

    Blog | November 17, 2014
  7. Maddon could add to Cubs' elite build

    Buster Olney

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Chicago Cubs are not in the World Series and have not been since 1945, but on Friday afternoon, they were the talk of the World Series after news broke of Joe Maddon's departure from Tampa Bay. Maddon is not the manager of the ...

    Blog | October 25, 2014
  8. Time off was transformative for Duffy

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rehabilitating an elbow after Tommy John surgery can be the working definition of monotony, and Danny Duffy's experience was no different than that of many who preceded him. When he was going through the process at the Kansas City...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  9. McCutchen, Pirates need help

    Buster Olney

    Andrew McCutchen has never drawn more than 89 walks in a season, and right now, he's on track to increase that by a healthy margin. For the first time, opposing pitchers and catchers are making a point of pitching around McCutchen and putting the onu...

    Blog | May 11, 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. The 30 Linchpin Players of 2014

    Buster Olney

    The Cardinals would love for a strong season from Matt Adams, but you know what? If he requires more time to settle in as a regular, they've got enough other parts to win without a big contribution from the first baseman. The same could be said for R...

    Blog | January 19, 2014
  12. Top 10 storylines to watch in 2014

    Buster Olney

    Tim Kurkjian had it right last spring when he said the hardest thing to predict in 2013 was who was going to finish fifth in the AL East. Many folks thought it would be the Boston Red Sox, and instead, they won the World Series with a group of invest...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  13. Top 10 lineups in the majors

    Buster Olney

    Kendrys Morales is still looking for work, and so is Nelson Cruz. But with almost all of the best hitters in place, we present the first in a series of our annual top-10 team rankings: the best lineups. As one executive noted: "When y...

    Blog | December 26, 2013
  14. Mike Trout is ending the debate

    Buster Olney

    Before the season, Mike Trout talked about wanting to be more patient at the plate, about drawing more walks, because in his first full season in the big leagues he had shown some impatience and, naturally, he wanted to get better. Well, a year la...

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  15. Baseball and Big Boards

    Mel Kiper Jr.

    Buster Olney is on vacation this week, so for the second straight year, guest columnists are writing the lead of his column in his absence. On Sunday, D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler talked about MLBPA head Michael Weiner, who is battling cancer. A's r...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  16. What to do with Andre Ethier?

    Buster Olney

    If the Los Angeles Dodgers want alternatives to outfielder Andre Ethier from their minor league system, they've got them. Yasiel Puig has made an enormous impression with his energy and with how hard he plays. However, he also has demonstrated an ina...

    Blog | May 26, 2013