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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Starters who could hit trade market

    Buster Olney

    The Astros traded away Lucas Harrell on Monday, but he won't be the last pitcher traded this season, of course. The market is a long way from fully developing, from being fully defined by failures and successes. A long-time executive said last we...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  6. MLB must stop service time gimmicks

    Buster Olney

    George Springer probably will file a grievance against the Houston Astros sometime in the weeks ahead, because what the Astros will do in the weeks ahead will make no sense in any world other than Major League Baseball. On one hand, t...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  7. Are Cubs' finances worthy of their future?

    Buster Olney

    Earlier this week, we looked for some holes in the Top 300 fantasy rankings for Messrs. Berry, Karabell et al. In the name of fairness, it's worth expressing some regret over the placement of a particular team in our Future Power Rankings, which came...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Cubs new manager will connect quickly

    Buster Olney

    Rick Renteria dreams in two languages: Spanish and English. This is not unusual for folks who know more than one language. But when he speaks in his sleep loud enough to wake up his wife, there's one common denominator. He's talking about baseball. ...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  10. Boston being unfair to Torey Lovullo

    Buster Olney

    The Yankees haven't issued uniform No. 6 since Joe Torre left after the 2007 season, because the folks at the top of that organization recognize that there will be a day -- possibly next summer -- when Torre will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of...

    Blog | November 06, 2013
  11. Why Baker is out as Reds manager

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- There was a moment in the midst of the Reds' playoff loss to the Pirates the other night when Dusty Baker walked over to Johnny Cueto and looked directly into his eyes. He tried to connect, cajole and encourage. It was classic Dusty, whose ...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  12. Mets' struggles creating value

    Buster Olney

    The New York Mets' loss Friday was the 87th of their season. And it was a really important loss. With that defeat, the Mets moved back into position to have the No. 10 pick in the 2014 draft -- and if this holds over the last two days of the regul...

    Blog | September 28, 2013
  13. Gold Glove winners, by the numbers

    Buster Olney

    This is about the time of year when Gold Glove ballots are dispensed to coaches and managers, and based on my own experience in collecting the votes in past years, I'd say there are two different types of voting styles. 1. Some voters are devote...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  14. Making sense of Soriano in New York

    Buster Olney

    Here are the reasons the Yankees' trade for Alfonso Soriano doesn't make sense: • He has a .287 on-base percentage. • He's limited in the positions he can play, either left field or DH, on a team that already has too many players whos...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  15. What Cubs can get for Garza

    Buster Olney

    A highly ranked executive marveled the other day at the incredible shift in the trade market over the past 15 years. It used to be, he said, that if you had a good veteran pitcher -- even someone not far from free agency -- you could get three of ano...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  16. AL trade deadline preview

    Buster Olney

    Rival executives strongly believe that at most, Matt Garza has four to five starts remaining with the Chicago Cubs -- but probably fewer than that, because he has quickly developed into the most marketable, most sought-after starting pitcher, with a ...

    Blog | July 04, 2013