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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Scherzer chances: A team-by-team look

    Buster Olney

    It's a holiday tradition, like counting down the final hours of the old year and watching bowl games on New Year's Day: trying to guess the landing spot of a prominent client of agent Scott Boras. A few years ago, it was Prince Fielder, and last ...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  8. Breaking down the Yankees' 2B options

    Buster Olney

    Davey Johnson managed 17 seasons in the big leagues and believed it to be absolutely crucial to introduce young players onto his roster regularly because of the energy and enthusiasm they could inject daily. Veteran players can lag through the grind ...

    Blog | December 31, 2014
  9. Eleven in baseball at a career crossroads

    Buster Olney

    Some players will go into 2015 still defining themselves, like the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper. Others, like David Ortiz, have cemented their legacies. But there are folks in the game -- both players and managers -- for whom 2015 will repr...

    Blog | December 29, 2014
  10. Top 10 MLB storylines of 2015

    Buster Olney

    As 2015 approaches, here are my 10 biggest storylines to watch in the world of baseball. 1. The new commissioner Rob Manfred can probably relate to Prince Charles somewhat, because he's been waiting patiently for his turn at the throne in recen...

    Blog | December 25, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Headley deal last of Yankees spending?

    AJ Mass

    As ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports, the New York Yankees have signed Chase Headley to a four-year deal worth a little more than $50 million. Spending that much money on the third baseman is sure to have multiple repercussions on the makeup of the Yan...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Top 10 starting pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    This is the final installment of the position rankings and it has been an enjoyable exercise, culling through opinions from evaluators, getting feedback from some players, picking the brains of some really smart scouts. Justin Havens, Mark Simon and ...

    Blog | December 03, 2014
  15. Top 10 relief pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    On to part 10 of our series ranking the best players at each position in baseball. Here are the top 10 relievers: 1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves There is no sign of diminishment in Kimbrel's power stuff; in fact, Kimbrel's average fastball ve...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  16. Top 10 center fielders in MLB

    Buster Olney

    Ranking the best center fielders is fairly simple at the top. Mike Trout, widely regarded as the best player in the game, is No. 1. Andrew McCutchen, arguably the second-best position player, is No. 2. It gets more complicated after that. 1...

    Blog | November 26, 2014