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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Free agent Jon Lester's choice slowed by negotiations

    Buster Olney

    The Jon Lester talks have reached the homestretch with multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, but his ultimate choice has been slowed by having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources.

    Story | Conversation | December 09, 2014
  5. Jon Lester expected to choose team in free agency by Tuesday

    Buster Olney

    The Jon Lester talks have entered the final turn, with an expectation that a choice will be made no later than Tuesday, according to sources involved in the negotiations.

    Story | Conversation | December 08, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Lester deal will set other wheels in motion

    Buster Olney

    Andrew Miller has a free-agent market all to himself, in a sense, as the only elite left-handed power reliever, and in the hours ahead he will choose his next team independent of anything else that happens with other players. There are a small handfu...

    Blog | November 30, 2014
  8. Top 10 shortstops in MLB

    Buster Olney

    The question of whether you'd prefer to have Buster Posey or Yadier Molina at catcher has lots of layers, as does the debate about whether Miguel Cabrera is the game's top first baseman. But with Troy Tulowitzki coming back from major surgery and ...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  9. Is Ryan Howard tradable?

    Buster Olney

    Ryan Howard has had his last at-bat as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. That's what the Phillies hope, anyway. That's their goal, according to rival executives. The Chicago Cubs want to add high-end pitching and contend. The Los Angeles...

    Blog | November 04, 2014
  10. Tampa's choice on tampering charges

    Buster Olney

    Imagine that you are in a position of power with the Tampa Bay Rays and you are convinced the Cubs violated Major League Baseball rules by tampering with Joe Maddon. What would you do next? The Rays have a choice between two distinct routes, no...

    Blog | November 01, 2014
  11. Maddon could add to Cubs' elite build

    Buster Olney

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Chicago Cubs are not in the World Series and have not been since 1945, but on Friday afternoon, they were the talk of the World Series after news broke of Joe Maddon's departure from Tampa Bay. Maddon is not the manager of the ...

    Blog | October 25, 2014
  12. Donaldson trade looming in A's overhaul

    Buster Olney

    PITTSBURGH -- When you hear Ralph Branca tell the story of Bobby Thomson's historic home run, he offers a full appreciation of that moment, but the hurt is still there. Dennis Eckersley bears the same tone when speaking of Kirk Gibson's home run, tha...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  13. Timing key in Cubs' call-up

    Buster Olney

    If this all plays out the way the Cubs hope, their collective journey will reflect that of Javier Baez, with failure preceding great success. The middle infielder started terribly in Triple-A this year, but as player development executives will tell ...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  14. Why did the Cubs hire Manny Ramirez?

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Manny Ramirez offended a whole lot of folks who work under the Major League Baseball umbrella during his career. OK, more than a lot. Maybe hundreds. Maybe thousands. Start with Jack McCormick, the Boston Red Sox's traveling secr...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  15. How Bailey changed the pitching market

    Buster Olney

    Homer Bailey's career ERA is 4.30, and he's had two seasons in which he has thrown over 200 innings. He has not pitched to the level of a Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, or even a Matt Cain. He's never had any kind of a vote for the Cy Young Award...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  16. Taveras could be the key for St. Louis

    Buster Olney

    CHICAGO -- Yadier Molina was part of the St. Louis Cardinals team that was repeatedly within a strike of losing the 2011 World Series, and so were Matt Holliday and Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso and Allen Craig and others. They know what a crisis is, a...

    Blog | May 04, 2014