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  1. 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
  2. Players I'd reach for in fantasy

    Buster Olney

    Colleague Andrew Feldman asked some of us to jump into an ESPN draft room yesterday and pick teams as part of #MockDraftMonday. With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, I figure I should've gotten a better core of relievers. But after the first three ...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  3. MLB - Future Power Rankings 2014

    Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney

    Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney bring you the latest installment of the Future Power Rankings, looking at how well each team is set up for sustained success.

    Story | Conversation | March 10, 2014
  4. Ranking strength of early NL schedules

    Buster Olney

    In following Tuesday's column ranking the American League's early-season schedules, Wednesday we have the National League. The teams are ranked toughest to easiest in caliber of early-season schedule. 1. Chicago Cubs Games vs. teams with reco...

    Blog | February 26, 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. Reasons for optimism on every MLB team

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA BAY -- CC Sabathia laughed about the reaction to his weight loss -- 40 pounds over the last two offseasons, he said Friday -- and mentioned that he felt like the winner of the show "The Biggest Loser." He said he feels better, with his body ada...

    Blog | February 15, 2014
  7. Players with much at stake this spring

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have seen enough in Xander Bogaerts to believe that he's ready now, and the Indians are counting on Danny Salazar, who was so good at the end of last season, to plug a rotation hole. There are other young players who have more at stake...

    Blog | February 09, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Top 10 bullpens in the majors

    Buster Olney

    The top 10 series continues with a look at the best bullpens in the majors. 1. Atlanta Braves If you want to know what the start of a first-ballot Hall of Fame career might look like, Craig Kimbrel is the reliever version of Mike Trout. The Atl...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  10. Should Reds shop Chapman?

    AJ Mass

    There's little room for argument that the Cincinnati Reds had one of the league's best rotations in 2013. But as ESPN.com's Buster Olney writes in his Friday blog, for the team to match last season's pitching performance, they'd be better served with...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  11. 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
  12. How the Indians remain a contender

    Buster Olney

    When the Indians clinched a playoff spot on the final Sunday of the regular season, Terry Francona walked through the two sheets of plastic that separated a hallway of sanity from Cleveland's champagne celebration. A few minutes later, Francona st...

    Blog | November 09, 2013
  13. Maddon, Farrell in a chess match

    Buster Olney

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As Dustin Pedroia walked into Tropicana Field early Monday afternoon, a young Rays fan said to him, with all good humor, that he was hopeful that Tampa Bay might win a game, and that there would be a Game 4 Tuesday night. ...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  14. Key under-the-radar guys

    Buster Olney

    MILWAUKEE -- Yadier Molina is probably the Cardinals' leading candidate for National League most valuable player, with Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig well-positioned to get some top-10 votes. Adam Wainwright will get some consideration for the NL Cy ...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  15. 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
  16. Red Sox succeeding through details

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Jon Lester was about to wade into the marsh of reporters waiting for him Saturday, after he had shut down the Yankees, when catcher David Ross beckoned him to the side. Ross had been looking for Lester since the game ended, wanting to share...

    Blog | September 15, 2013