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  1. Tim Hudson sinking into HOF convo

    Buster Olney

    The time-worn expression for hitters when they are seeing the ball well is that it must "look like a grapefruit" to them. Or a beach ball. Something big and irresistible and impossible to miss. When you watch San Francisco Giants starter Tim Hudson p...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Hanley Ramirez has pitchers figured out

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez attends the meetings that the Dodgers hold for the hitters at the outset of every series to go over scouting reports, but he does this to be respectful and polite of the process and not because he actually gleans informa...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  4. Remove managers from replay process

    Buster Olney

    After the Giants lost Tuesday night by a run scored on a call that everybody now knows was wrong, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said all the right things, as Andrew Baggarly writes. From his story: Even with expanded replay, A.J. Pollock was all...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  5. 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
  6. The incongruity of Bonds' HOF exclusion

    Buster Olney

    Barry Bonds will work as an instructor for the San Francisco Giants, writes Alex Pavlovic, and in a roundabout way, this hiring demonstrates the complete incongruity of the Hall of Fame voting. From Pavlovic's story: Barry Bonds i...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Mariners a free agency sleeping giant

    Buster Olney

    There are more than a few rising young executives -- and older executives, for that matter -- who are outside of the Seattle Mariners' organization and looking in, and they are wistful, wishing they could grab the Mariners' steering wheel. First a...

    Blog | November 23, 2013
  9. 10 biggest holes on contenders

    Buster Olney

    A year ago, Marlon Byrd was coming off a season in which he had been suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs and was limited to just 47 games, and he eventually settled for a make-good minor league deal with the New York Mets. Now he...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  10. 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
  11. The September race execs are watching

    Buster Olney

    The race that is drawing the most attention among baseball officials might not be that for the AL wild-card spots -- which increasingly appears to be a three teams-for-two-spots situation among the Rays, Indians and Rangers -- nor the final jockeying...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  12. Matt Harvey and the caution question

    Buster Olney

    The New York Mets painted within all of the prescribed 21st-century lines in their handling of Matt Harvey. Drafted in 2010, Harvey didn't pitch in any games at the end of that summer after signing, and in his first year in professional baseball, he ...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  13. August trade candidates across MLB

    Buster Olney

    The names have started passing through the waiver wires, and there will be a lot of deals this month, some general managers are predicting. More players will change hands as more teams wave the white flag on the 2013 season and try to save a little m...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  14. Ranking schedule strength

    Buster Olney

    CHICAGO -- General managers look at strength of schedule all the time; players and managers almost never look at it, because they're in the fight and focused on the micro, rather than the macro. But the GMs are always watching the upcoming slate o...

    Blog | July 14, 2013
  15. MLB's growing power vacuum

    Buster Olney

    Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley took baseball out west, uprooting the Brooklyn Dodgers and, by extension, the New York Giants, and, through the 1960s and '70s, he was viewed as one of baseball's major power brokers. By the late '70s, howev...

    Blog | July 13, 2013
  16. 'Zack Wheeler Syndrome' pervades market

    Buster Olney

    You could call it the "Zack Wheeler Syndrome." It's the tendency of general managers to hold out the possibility that another team might react with desperation, or with emotion, or out of almost untethered ambition. This is what happened in the s...

    Blog | July 10, 2013