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  1. Winners and losers of the winter meetings

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- In keeping with tradition, the Rule 5 draft was held on the final morning of baseball's winter meetings Thursday, and typically, executives pull roller bags into and out of that room, dying to get to the airport after four boring days of...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  2. The Red Sox blew it with Jon Lester

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- When David Cone pitched for the Yankees, he had some savvy advice for young pitchers as they tried to cope with the frustration of talking with reporters after a terrible performance -- you know, one of those situations when every choice...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  3. Miss on Jon Lester? Here's Plan B

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- A week ago, some folks within the Giants organization thought they had little or no shot at signing Jon Lester. In the past 72 hours, that changed. Now the hope is building for the Giants, backed by their own significant offer. The Cubs ...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Biggest remaining needs for contenders

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- As the winter meetings kick off, here are the most significant needs for 12 teams that view themselves as top contenders in 2015: 1. Boston Red Sox: A starting pitcher Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are unique in this winter's m...

    Blog | December 07, 2014
  6. Dodgers at a crossroads with Jon Lester

    Buster Olney

    If the Dodgers really want Jon Lester and he doesn't have any personal objections to playing in Los Angeles, a rival evaluator mused Thursday, then the Dodgers will get him. Plain and simple. Their pile of money is much larger than any team other tha...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  7. Top 10 relief pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    On to part 10 of our series ranking the best players at each position in baseball. Here are the top 10 relievers: 1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves There is no sign of diminishment in Kimbrel's power stuff; in fact, Kimbrel's average fastball ve...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Top 10 second basemen in MLB

    Buster Olney

    In keeping with the theme of the week, here's a ranking of the top 10 second basemen in the majors. Average OPS by position Pos. 2013 2014 1B .774 .757 2B .710 .686 SS .681 .678 3B .714 .715 ...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  10. '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
  11. 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
  12. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  13. Oakland's collapse could be worst ever

    Buster Olney

    On the morning of Aug. 10, the Oakland Athletics not only had a 4-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, they also had the majors' best record: 72-44, on a pace to win 96 games. They were regarded as the best team in baseball, with th...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  14. Potential pitching targets for Red Sox

    Buster Olney

    BOSTON -- Yoenis Cespedes got a hanging slider from Shane Greene on Saturday, a great chance to make an initial statement to Red Sox fans about the damage he can do. There were runners on base, and Boston was trying to mount a comeback. But Cesped...

    Blog | August 03, 2014
  15. A's-Sox deal works for both sides

    Buster Olney

    In Jon Lester's past 10 starts, he has a 1.54 ERA, with 66 strikeouts and 11 walks over 70 innings. He has been a completely different pitcher since last August, since Red Sox catcher David Ross convinced him to work to both sides of the plate. He wa...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  16. Red Sox had better have a post-Lester plan

    Buster Olney

    Memo to John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino: I hope you have a Plan B. In fact, make sure you have a Plan B. Because if there is no Plan B to Jon Lester for next season, you could have a whole lot of angry fans and players by Opening Day, a...

    Blog | July 30, 2014