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  1. 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
  2. Hamels would make Pads a top contender

    Buster Olney

    The Padres are said to be pursuing Cole Hamels, writes Ryan Lawrence. San Diego still has three of its top four prospects remaining after its flurry of trades, based on Baseball America's rankings -- catcher Austin Hedges, pitcher Matt Wisler, an...

    Blog | December 22, 2014
  3. 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
  4. If Jays want Duquette, they should ante up

    Buster Olney

    The compensation for the trade of non-uniform personnel in the major leagues has never been that much, with the most recent example being the relatively paltry return that the Red Sox received when Theo Epstein moved from Boston to the Cubs. The retu...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  5. The future of MLB in Cuba

    Buster Olney

    There is a temptation to say that the possible normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could lead to rapid and significant changes in professional baseball, because we've all heard the harrowing stories of escape from the island...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  6. A-Rod a mystery for the Yankees

    Buster Olney

    The strangest spring training saga will begin when the Yankees' full squad emerges from the clubhouse for their first pre-workout stretch. International star Masahiro Tanaka will be there, and so will Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann and Carlos Beltr...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  7. AL Central tops MLB division ranks

    Buster Olney

    Since Indians general manager Chris Antonetti joked last week that he'd be in favor of a talent quarantine in the AL Central, the Tigers traded for Yoenis Cespedes and Alfredo Simon and the White Sox landed Melky Cabrera on a three-year, $42 million ...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  8. Winners and losers of the winter meetings

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- In keeping with tradition, the Rule 5 draft was held on the final morning of baseball's winter meetings Thursday, and typically, executives pull roller bags into and out of that room, dying to get to the airport after four boring days of...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  9. Dodgers' makeover extreme -- and needed

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The new inhabitants of the Dodgers' front office are well aware of the media portrayal of them as nerds wielding mechanical pencils stuffed into pocket protectors. "The sooner we get past us being the story," one Dodgers official said, "...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  10. The Red Sox blew it with Jon Lester

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- When David Cone pitched for the Yankees, he had some savvy advice for young pitchers as they tried to cope with the frustration of talking with reporters after a terrible performance -- you know, one of those situations when every choice...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  11. Miss on Jon Lester? Here's Plan B

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- A week ago, some folks within the Giants organization thought they had little or no shot at signing Jon Lester. In the past 72 hours, that changed. Now the hope is building for the Giants, backed by their own significant offer. The Cubs ...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  12. What it will take to acquire Jon Lester

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The Levinson brothers, Seth and Sam, are the gatekeepers of these winter meetings as the representatives for free-agent pitcher Jon Lester, and they are known among club executives for being grinders in how they negotiate. They don't ...

    Blog | December 08, 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. Gregorius a significant upgrade for NYY

    Buster Olney

    A scout who isn't employed by the New York Yankees spent some time Friday lauding the defense of Didi Gregorius, especially his range. Gregorius is not an elite player with the glove, the scout said, but he's certainly above average. A natural que...

    Blog | December 06, 2014
  15. Dodgers at a crossroads with Jon Lester

    Buster Olney

    If the Dodgers really want Jon Lester and he doesn't have any personal objections to playing in Los Angeles, a rival evaluator mused Thursday, then the Dodgers will get him. Plain and simple. Their pile of money is much larger than any team other tha...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  16. Why I'm abstaining from HOF voting

    Buster Olney

    Mike Mussina spent each of his 18 seasons in the most treacherous waters pitchers have ever faced, among the whitecaps of what will always be remembered as an era of rampant steroid use -- and in the offense-rich American League East, no less. He was...

    Blog | December 04, 2014