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  1. Does Scherzer improve MLBs top team?

    Buster Olney

    The Washington Nationals have agreed to a seven-year contract with Max Scherzer for a reported $210 million, half of it deferred -- Scherzer reportedly will receive $15 million annually for 14 years -- the most ever spent on a free-agent pitcher, the...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  2. 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
  3. What it will take to acquire Jon Lester

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The Levinson brothers, Seth and Sam, are the gatekeepers of these winter meetings as the representatives for free-agent pitcher Jon Lester, and they are known among club executives for being grinders in how they negotiate. They don't ...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  4. 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
  5. The top 10 catchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In those handful of moments when the New York Yankees talked about an austerity drive a couple of years ago, when Hal Steinbrenner spoke of getting under the salary cap, they decided to let Russell Martin walk away as a free agent -- and he was snapp...

    Blog | November 16, 2014
  6. Game of DH musical chairs has begun

    Buster Olney

    If you want to take a sample of how saturated the market is with designated hitters, consider a slice of Adam Lind's recent experience for examination. Last season, the left-handed-hitting Lind was limited to 96 games because of injury, but in tha...

    Blog | November 12, 2014
  7. Nine free-agent bargains to consider

    Buster Olney

    Plenty of free agents available now, but here are nine free-agent bargains worth exploring: 1. Edinson Volquez, starting pitcher He is way down the pecking order of available starting pitchers in the market, far behind the likes of Max Scherzer...

    Blog | November 05, 2014
  8. 'Great' free-agent pitcher market is illusory

    Buster Olney

    These are just some of the pitchers who could be available through free agency or trade in the next 13 months: Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields, Francisco Liriano, Cole Hamels, Ervin Santana, Edinson Volquez, Brett Anderson, Jason Hammel, Davi...

    Blog | November 02, 2014
  9. Changing conditions for free-agent pitchers

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS - A growing trend, over the last decade, has been for teams to lock down their best young talent into long-term deals, whether it be the Giants signing Madison Bumgarner to a contract through 2017 with club options for 2018 and 2019, or the...

    Blog | October 11, 2014
  10. Red Sox taking needless risk with Lester

    Buster Olney

    There are 119 days remaining in the Major League Baseball season, and depending on whether the Boston Red Sox make the playoffs, perhaps 119 days until Jon Lester throws his last pitch of the year. But the Red Sox may have much less time than tha...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  11. Scherzer tops list of impending free agents

    Buster Olney

    Max Scherzer had his worst outing of the season Wednesday, and even in that he showed a side of himself that will be valued when he becomes a free agent in the fall. Scherzer allowed seven runs in the first three innings, with his pitch count spinnin...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  12. Early grades for the free-agent class

    Buster Olney

    In the April leading up to CC Sabathia's free agency in 2008, his ERA after four starts was 13.50. Months later, he got the biggest contract ever for a pitcher -- $161 million -- after he had bounced back, and then been traded to Milwaukee and led th...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  13. Yankees still looking up in AL East

    Buster Olney

    The Yankees invested a $20 million posting fee and $155 million in salary in Masahiro Tanaka, and that total of $175 million represents the highest amount of dollars spent on any free-agent pitcher ever -- more than $161 million spent on CC Sabathia,...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Free-agent pitchers feeling the squeeze

    Buster Olney

    Some of the teams that targeted starting pitching thus far in free agency, like the Giants, Royals and the Twins, have done some or all of their winter work choosing from the free agents with mid-sized contracts. Ricky Nolasco, Jason Vargas, Josh Joh...

    Blog | November 30, 2013