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  1. MLB should act now on domestic violence

    Buster Olney

    It's as if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fully mapped a minefield for MLB commissioner-elect Rob Manfred through trial and error, with pieces of Goodell's reputation scattered all over as a result. As Manfred prepares to take over four and a hal...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  2. Ausmus' impact on Tigers' basepaths

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- From the first day of spring training, the Detroit Tigers players say, Brad Ausmus talked about the running game. But not only the running game of the Detroit baserunners, who were told to look for opportunities to take a bas...

    Blog | May 18, 2014
  3. Rival execs aghast at Cabrera contract

    Buster Olney

    To understand just how terrible the industry reviews are of the Detroit Tigers' deal with Miguel Cabrera, it's appropriate to draw on the examples from the movie industry. The Cabrera deal, in the eyes of rival executives, is "Disaster Movie" ...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Where Robinson Cano could go

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- If the Yankees don't make the playoffs, then as of this morning, there are 33 games left in the career of Mariano Rivera. But everybody saw that coming. There may also be only 33 games remaining in Robinson Cano's tenure with the Ya...

    Blog | August 25, 2013
  14. Derek Jeter limping into leverage

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- The last time Derek Jeter's contract expired, in the fall of 2010, the Yankees held the negotiating hammer. Jeter had turned 36 just months before and was coming off a middling type of season relative to his career performance, with his...

    Blog | August 19, 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. New York Yankees and Brian Cashman are frugal yet still winning

    Buster Olney

    In ESPN The Magazine, MLB Insider Buster Olney examines how GM Brian Cashman is leading the Yankees in cutting payroll to get below the salary cap while still fielding a winning roster.

    Story | Conversation | June 11, 2013