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  1. Execs put a price on Drew, Morales

    Buster Olney

    Vin Mazzaro could be a useful reliever for a lot of teams, but he cleared waivers Tuesday and a couple of executives speculated that part of the reason for that is Mazzaro makes more than minimum wage -- $950,000. "Once you go to spring training, ...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  2. Who is at fault for the Santana impasse?

    Buster Olney

    It's worth documenting, again, all that Ervin Santana did well last year: • Only 24 starting pitchers who qualified for the ERA title posted a lower number than his 3.24. • Only 19 pitchers had a lower WHIP. • Hi...

    Blog | March 09, 2014
  3. Ervin Santana left out in the cold

    Buster Olney

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ervin Santana fired agent Bean Stringfellow, according to Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes, and he will represent himself. It's hard to know exactly what will come out of this at this stage in the winter, with so many teams essen...

    Blog | March 07, 2014
  4. 'Contract year' has a whole new meaning

    Buster Olney

    Draft-pick compensation was never an issue for Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo or Brian McCann. The loss of a draft pick didn't discourage the Mets from signing Curtis Granderson, but probably only because their first-round pick is prot...

    Blog | February 03, 2014
  5. A new form of bargain hunting

    Buster Olney

    It used to be that those still looking for jobs in early February were either 4-A players -- those not quite good enough to establish themselves in the big leagues, but good enough for Triple-A -- or older veterans looking for one last shot. But t...

    Blog | January 31, 2014
  6. Early picks for every division

    Buster Olney

    There are still some front-line free agents who will sign before the start of the regular season, and the inevitable spring training injuries to come, so it's too early to lock in predictions for 2014. But right now, this is what I'm looking at: ...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  7. Tanaka deal won't set off FA dominoes

    Buster Olney

    Masahiro Tanaka has reportedly agreed to a record-setting deal with the New York Yankees, and the expectation will be, in some circles, that the winter freeze will finally end and the phones will start to ring for Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt ...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Astros should be all in on Tanaka

    Buster Olney

    We knew that CC Sabathia's preference, when he became a free agent in the fall of 2008, was to return to his home state of California, if all things were equal. He might have loved to sign with the Dodgers, if all things were equal. But that was befo...

    Blog | January 04, 2014
  10. Free-agent system needs fixing

    Buster Olney

    The five most prominent unsigned free agents -- Nelson Cruz, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Kendrys Morales, and Stephen Drew -- are being weighed down by more than the draft-pick compensation to which they are tied. Drew and Morales have each suf...

    Blog | January 03, 2014
  11. Shin-Soo Choo's special skill

    Buster Olney

    If you find it strange that the Yankees offered the same number of contractual years to Shin-Soo Choo as they did to Robinson Cano, it's worth remembering that Choo possesses a skill that does not disappear as quickly as defense or speed or fastball ...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  12. Imagining a Mike Trout bidding war

    Buster Olney

    A longtime talent evaluator chewed over the possibility of a $400 million deal for Mike Trout the other day, after reading this post, and mentioned that he blanched when he first saw the number. "But then you think about it," he said. ...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  13. Santana, Jimenez may end up staying put

    Buster Olney

    The most frequently asked questions at last week's winter meetings: 1. Do you know where I can get some coffee? 2. Who were the agents who fought in the parking lot? 3. Are any moves going to happen here? 4. Have you heard anything about ...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  14. Many teams capable of a big move

    Buster Olney

    The Mariners have spent about $250 million this offseason, and the Yankees more than $300 million. Most of the best free agents have come off the board, and as general managers rushed out of the building with the dolphin on the top to catch flights o...

    Blog | December 15, 2013
  15. Scott Boras hoping his gamble pays off

    Buster Olney

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The most admired trait that Scott Boras brings to his negotiations -- although to be clear, it's not always admired -- is his relentlessness. As you hear general managers describe Boras proposing a deal over and over, in dif...

    Blog | December 11, 2013
  16. FAs who are looking more appealing

    Buster Olney

    A primary reason rival officials have scrutinized the Detroit Tigers for the Doug Fister trade is the context of the deal. This is a time when any team looking for starting pitcher has very few attractive options; whether it's offering tens of millio...

    Blog | December 05, 2013