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  1. Glaring holes among playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    It's easy to imagine the Angels succeeding in October -- for seven innings, at least. Mike Trout is already widely regarded as the best player on the planet, and he is in the midst of what is arguably the best month of his career, sporting a 1.228 OP...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  2. Examining Trout's baserunning 'issue'

    Buster Olney

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A small smile developed on the face of Los Angeles Angels bench coach Dino Ebel when he was asked about Mike Trout's tendency to make his turn on the bases at something close to a right angle, an indication that this imperfection h...

    Blog | June 22, 2014
  3. Angels' bullpen struggles continue

    Buster Olney

    An evaluator mentioned to me earlier this week that the Angels' bullpen is the worst he has seen on that team in 20 years. I disagree, but his point was that the team lacks relievers who consistently throw strikes and get ahead in the count. His w...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  4. Father's guidance aided Trout's ascent

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Jeff Trout stays up to watch his son Mike play, no matter what part of the world he happens to be in. Mike knows this because, no matter how late the Angels' games end, he gets text messages from his parents after the final pitch is thrown...

    Blog | June 15, 2014
  5. Halos' Richards proving to be the real deal

    Buster Olney

    Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels, the 25-year-old who has transitioned from the bullpen to the rotation, has quickly developed a reputation for having some of the most dominant stuff in the sport. Richards shut down the Phillies on Wedne...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  6. New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka adjusts seamlessly to li...

    Buster Olney

    In ESPN The Magazine's Transactions Issue, Buster Olney writes that Masahiro Tanaka is better than anyone imagined -- and funnier too. In fact, it may not be too early to wonder if we're looking at a future Yankees legend.

    Story | Conversation | May 14, 2014
  7. Tanaka's edge against Trout

    Buster Olney

    The day after Masahiro Tanaka shut down Boston's lineup, some of the Red Sox hitters noted that you just don't see that many starting pitchers who throw as many splitters as Tanaka. "Closers, yes," said Jonny Gomes. "Relievers, yes. Bu...

    Blog | April 27, 2014
  8. Ranking strength of early AL schedules

    Buster Olney

    The Cleveland Indians were 51-44 at the All-Star break, and when they lost four of their first five games in the second half, it was unclear whether they would remain in contention. But here's the thing: The Indians had what appeared to be on pape...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  9. Toughest lineup quandaries in MLB

    Buster Olney

    When Joe Torre managed, he jotted down lineups in his time away from the park, mulling over various possibilities, internally debating certain combinations. In other words: He was like a lot of baseball fans and reporters, who like to think throug...

    Blog | February 01, 2014
  10. MLB's financial divide creating concern

    Buster Olney

    The Los Angeles Dodgers played by the rules in signing Clayton Kershaw to a record-setting contract last week, for an average salary for $30.7 million. Their new ownership saw the potential for financial might in the franchise, bought the team for mo...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  11. 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
  12. Mike Trout and the $400 million question

    Buster Olney

    During the winter meetings last week, general managers rotated through the ESPN workroom to answer thematic questions. Their responses are used going into and coming out of commercials during "Baseball Tonight," and one of the questions posed was: Wh...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  13. Top remaining needs for contenders

    Buster Olney

    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A lot of teams filled needs in recent weeks, which is why you wouldn't blame Boston GM Ben Cherington and St. Louis GM John Mozeliak if they spent some of the time here sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas. Their winter work is mostl...

    Blog | December 08, 2013
  14. Expect Angels to be active in trade market

    Buster Olney

    The Los Angeles Angels finished 22nd in starters' ERA last season, and are said to be casting a wide net as they look for ways to upgrade their rotation through trades. There are still starting pitchers available through free agency, but agents repor...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  15. 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
  16. My awards ballots and MVP precedent

    Buster Olney

    CLEVELAND -- The worst rationale is always, "That's the way we've always done it," a phrase that could be the mud bog for man's evolution. Which brings us to the MVP, because it's time for the Baseball Writers' Association of America to move forwa...

    Blog | October 01, 2013