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  1. The big hurdle in Cliff Lee trades

    Buster Olney

    As someone noted on Twitter on Monday, the Phillies' relationship with Cliff Lee has been like Ross and Rachel, or like something out of "90210." They get together; they break up; they get back together again; they break up. To review: The Phil...

    Blog | July 31, 2012
  2. Cliff Lee could be traded, but the Phillies would have to eat a l...

    Buster Olney

    If the Phillies were determined to trade Cliff Lee, a lot of teams would be interested in him. But as Buster Olney writes, there's a huge hurdle to clear in any potential deal given Philadelphia's financial investment in the left-hander.

    Blog | Conversation | July 31, 2012
  3. The drawbacks of the new CBA

    Buster Olney

    There are three ways for teams to acquire high-end talent, an AL executive said Tuesday afternoon in the hours after the new labor agreement was announced: 1. Teams can invest in free agents, as the Philadelphia Phillies did with Cliff Lee, and as t...

    Blog | November 23, 2011
  4. By controlling draft spending, the new CBA could further hamper s...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that while the industrywide perception regarding MLB's new CBA is not unequivocally negative, some clubs feel that limiting draft spending will only continue to harm small-market teams. Plus, the latest MLB hot stove news.

    Blog | Conversation | November 23, 2011
  5. Buster Olney: MLB players react to news of earthquake in Japan

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that players and organizations throughout baseball felt the impact of the earthquake in Japan on Friday. Also: lots of news and observations from around the league.

    Blog | Conversation | March 12, 2011
  6. MLB: Philly's group of aces was introduced, but talk won't be par...

    Buster Olney

    Philly unveiled a Fab Four this week, and the collective quiet signaled what this group will really be all about -- work, not talk. The bottom line is that when it comes to Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, only the results will speak.

    Blog | Conversation | February 15, 2011
  7. MLB: They lost out on Cliff Lee, but the Rangers have stayed aggr...

    Buster Olney

    Both the Rangers and the Yankees were stung by the surprising decision of Cliff Lee. And while the Yankees have seemingly retrenched, Texas has maintained an aggressive stance that could well land them Adrian Beltre.

    Blog | Conversation | January 03, 2011
  8. Philadelphia Phillies rotation unanimously best in poll

    Buster Olney

    After submitting his own ranking earlier in the week, Buster Olney looked to a group of MLB talent evaluators to find out who they think has the best rotation in the majors. The top spot was unanimous (Phillies). Nos. 2-10 were anything but.

    Blog | Conversation | December 24, 2010
  9. MLB - In ranking baseball's Top 10 rotations, there is one very n...

    Buster Olney

    The Philadelphia Phillies already had what was arguably baseball's best rotation headed into the 2010 offseason. And that was before they added Cliff Lee. Buster ranks the rotations that follow the one clearly at the top.

    Blog | Conversation | December 22, 2010
  10. New York Yankees can't smart over loss of Cliff Lee, not when CC ...

    Buster Olney

    The loss of Cliff Lee in free agency -- a realm where the franchise has seemingly batted about .900 in recent years -- has the Yankees looking at Plan B options. But they better take care of CC Sabathia too, before they face further headaches.

    Blog | Conversation | December 15, 2010
  11. Cliff Lee brings dominance, on paper

    Buster Olney

    The Phillies dumped Cliff Lee 12 months ago because they had become convinced he and his agent, Darek Braunecker, were all about chasing nickels, about maximizing their leverage and getting paid as much as possible. They loved Lee as a pitcher, but t...

    Blog | December 14, 2010
  12. Philadelphia Phillies are dominant on paper with the addition of ...

    Buster Olney

    The Phillies' signing of Cliff Lee makes them paper lions, with the kind of rotation seemingly built to maul opponents over the course of a long season. But advancing age and less flexibility make them decidedly dominant -- on paper.

    Blog | Conversation | December 14, 2010
  13. MLB: With Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Alex Rodriguez, CC Saba...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks at the state of the AL East for 2011. Even before we know Cliff Lee's situation, the East is stacked against the Rays, Orioles and Jays. Is it time we investigate a new playoff format such that divisions don't matter? It may be.

    Blog | Conversation | December 12, 2010
  14. MLB: The Yanks and Rangers both desperately want Cliff Lee, and i...

    Buster Olney

    As the years and dollars pile up in the bidding war for Cliff Lee, the hope of signing him is tinged with something else -- the feeling that the market has taken the cost of Lee to a level nobody is all that comfortable with.

    Blog | Conversation | December 10, 2010
  15. MLB: Carl Crawford's mentality fits beautifully in Boston and int...

    Buster Olney

    Carl Crawford can be surly when it comes to his performance, but he's a grinder, expects a lot out of himself and doesn't back down. In that sense, he couldn't be a better fit for Boston, a lineup now built of grinders and capable of grinding pitchers.

    Blog | Conversation | December 09, 2010
  16. MLB: The market on Zack Greinke is also tied to when he will be t...

    Buster Olney

    In looking at Zack Greinke, the issue isn't just one of his price -- it's also a matter of when he'll be dealt. That's because the Royals don't want to risk a down year, and thus a depressed market, for their greatest trade asset.

    Blog | Conversation | December 07, 2010