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  1. Kershaw pitching historically well

    Buster Olney

    If you're too young to know what Sandy Koufax's excellence looked like in 1965, watch Clayton Kershaw now. If you need a reminder about how dominant Orel Hershiser was in September and October of 1988, watch Kershaw now. Or if you're looking fo...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Clayton Kershaw's uncertain timeline

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw wants to maintain the five-day regimen that has defined his professional life, and Sunday was the day he was supposed to take the mound, stare toward home plate and cut up the strike zone with his slider and curveball and...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  4. What could derail the Dodgers?

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were picked by more folks at ESPN than any other team to win the World Series; 38 of the 44 ESPN experts who cast ballots chose the Dodgers to win the NL West. Las Vegas is picking them as we...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  5. Behind the scenes with Clayton Kershaw

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA -- A couple of leftovers from my Clayton Kershaw feature that comes out in ESPN The Magazine this week: 1. The first time I met Kershaw, a few winters ago, he had agreed to take us through his offseason workout regimen, which started early i...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  6. The unprecedented Tanaka negotiations

    Buster Olney

    Masahiro Tanaka's locker in the Rakuten clubhouse was close to the lockers of Casey McGehee and Andruw Jones, and on Nov. 3, 2013, the day of Game 7 of the Japan Series, McGehee and Jones watched Tanaka. They were stunned by what they saw. The day...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  7. MLB's financial divide creating concern

    Buster Olney

    The Los Angeles Dodgers played by the rules in signing Clayton Kershaw to a record-setting contract last week, for an average salary for $30.7 million. Their new ownership saw the potential for financial might in the franchise, bought the team for mo...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  8. How Kershaw, Tanaka affect Price

    Buster Olney

    The climate has not been good for the Rays to trade David Price this winter because of too much murk in the market. There have been too many alternatives available for teams that might be queasy about giving up a big package of prospects for Price, a...

    Blog | January 17, 2014
  9. Winners and losers of Kershaw deal

    Buster Olney

    Clayton Kershaw will earn about 75 cents to 80 cents per heartbeat over the next seven years, given the seven-year, $215 million contract agreement that was reported by ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne. So he is the most obvious winner in all of...

    Blog | January 16, 2014
  10. How Kershaw's decision affects Tanaka

    Buster Olney

    It was sometime in the middle months of last season that the Los Angeles Dodgers dangled the idea of what would essentially be a lifetime deal in front of Clayton Kershaw -- a whopper contract for something in the range of $300 million. At that time,...

    Blog | January 11, 2014
  11. Clayton Kershaw offered deal in $300M range by Los Angeles Dodger...

    Buster Olney

    The Los Angeles Dodgers offered what was essentially a lifetime contract to pitcher Clayton Kershaw earlier this season, for a deal in the range of $300 million -- "an A-Rod deal," according to one source with knowledge of the scope and structure.

    Story | Conversation | October 19, 2013
  12. MLB looks into Magic Johnson talk over Robinson Cano, sources say...

    Buster Olney

    Major League Baseball is looking into comments made last week by Magic Johnson, who is part of the Dodgers' ownership group, about Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, sources say.

    Story | Conversation | October 07, 2013
  13. Mike Trout is ending the debate

    Buster Olney

    Before the season, Mike Trout talked about wanting to be more patient at the plate, about drawing more walks, because in his first full season in the big leagues he had shown some impatience and, naturally, he wanted to get better. Well, a year la...

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  14. Jose Fernandez takes his place

    Buster Olney

    A longtime evaluator who saw Jose Fernandez recently mentioned that the right-hander is among the three best pitchers in the majors. "Among the three best young pitchers?" I asked. No, he said. Among the three best. "Among the three best rig...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  15. Kershaw is still NL's top arm

    Buster Olney

    I heard a great description of Matt Harvey's curveball the other day from a longtime evaluator, and it really would apply to Clayton Kershaw's curveball as well: Even when a hitter is looking for it, even when he plans to swing at it, even when he kn...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  16. Early performances that mean something

    Buster Olney

    Justin Upton is not going to hit 135 homers, Matt Harvey is not going to win every game, and Clayton Kershaw is going to allow a run (probably). But there are small sample sizes from the first nine days of the 2013 season that are worth believing in....

    Blog | April 09, 2013