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  1. Where Shields may still fit

    Buster Olney

    With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, it's apparent that James Shields reached the zenith of his negotiation leverage on the night of Dec. 9. That was the night when Jon Lester finalized his decision to go to the Chicago Cubs, and the San Francisco Gi...

    Blog | February 01, 2015
  2. Deciding year in store for Yasiel Puig

    Buster Olney

    Ned Colletti, the former general manager of the Dodgers, offered the perfect description of Yasiel Puig in the outfielder's first spring training with the team. "You can't take your eyes off him," Colletti said, as he recounted a typical day of wa...

    Blog | January 31, 2015
  3. 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
  4. Francona aims to improve Indians' awful D

    Buster Olney

    As he recalled in a phone conversation Tuesday, Terry Francona, in his first year as a major league manager, was bound and determined that the Phillies' pitchers were going to be a strong defensive unit, and from the start of spring training, he had ...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  5. Banning defensive shifts is an absurd idea

    Buster Olney

    At the start of every round of batting practice, hitters of all shapes and sizes and power potential are expected to drop two bunts, whether it's Billy Hamilton or Miguel Cabrera, Dee Gordon or Jose Abreu. Depending on the player, this is sometimes d...

    Blog | January 26, 2015
  6. Notes from the MLB awards dinner

    Buster Olney

    Our colleague Willie Weinbaum filed this from Saturday night's annual baseball soiree. On a night of transitions and tributes, the 92nd annual awards dinner of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America began with a mome...

    Blog | January 25, 2015
  7. Ernie Banks always felt lucky

    Buster Olney

    In the first season of Home Run Derby, Ernie Banks vied against Mickey Mantle for the big money: The winner would get $2,000, the loser $1,000, with $500 bonuses built in for particular achievements. "Pretty lucky," Banks said, after the first of his...

    Blog | January 24, 2015
  8. Pirates offense teeming with depth

    Buster Olney

    The transformation of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been gradual, encompassing the larger part of a decade. The growth has been steady, and the organization is now well past the time when the Pirates had only a handful of front-line players and almost n...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  9. Astros taking risky approach with lineup

    Buster Olney

    The 2015 Houston Astros will hit for a lot of power, with a whole lot of strikeouts, and newcomer Colby Rasmus, who, as Jerry Crasnick writes, will get $8 million in his one-year deal, will fit right in. Over the past two seasons, Rasmus banged 40 h...

    Blog | January 21, 2015
  10. Winners and losers of the Scherzer deal

    Buster Olney

    When a big deal goes down the ripples always roll out in many directions, as seen in the Nationals' signing of Max Scherzer -- a deal with a multitude of winners and losers. Let's take a look at both sides. Winner: Scherzer, who gets tens of mi...

    Blog | January 20, 2015
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Top 10 bullpens in MLB: Royals No. 1

    Buster Olney

    When baseball executives and players try to explain why run production has plummeted in recent seasons, they offer a range of theories, from MLB played without amphetamines and steroids to the impact of defensive shifts. But there is one common threa...

    Blog | January 13, 2015