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  1. Tough standards for midseason trades

    Buster Olney

    Some midseason trades are remembered as the finishing adornment for success -- at least after the final pitch was thrown. The Blue Jays swapped a couple of prospects for David Cone in a stunning late-season trade in 1992, and because Toronto went on ...

    Blog | August 22, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Time for Dodgers to shake things up

    Buster Olney

    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has seen this star-driven strategy play out before, back in the 1980s with the New York Yankees. His boss, George Steinbrenner, would collect a bunch of big names on a roster without thorough consideration on...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  7. Puig transforming into model of stability

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp's mood is measured here daily, like the smog index, and Hanley Ramirez's future is unclear, whether he'll be a shortstop, or even a Dodger. The team's defense is a roll of the dice day to day, and so is the bullpen. It sa...

    Blog | June 01, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Exec: 'Games should be 7 innings'

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- A high-ranking executive melded all of the lingering issues of the era into one conversation, as if listing a recipe for change. The games are often played too slowly, he noted. The audience of Major League Baseball is aging, with ...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Clayton Kershaw's uncertain timeline

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw wants to maintain the five-day regimen that has defined his professional life, and Sunday was the day he was supposed to take the mound, stare toward home plate and cut up the strike zone with his slider and curveball and...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  14. What could derail the Dodgers?

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were picked by more folks at ESPN than any other team to win the World Series; 38 of the 44 ESPN experts who cast ballots chose the Dodgers to win the NL West. Las Vegas is picking them as we...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  15. Yasiel Puig issues are no myth

    Buster Olney

    We aim to dispel a handful of myths today. Let's get to it. Myth No. 1: Controversy swirls around Yasiel Puig because a stodgy media picks on him. The reality: Controversy swirls around Puig because the media's coverage of him reflects the inte...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  16. Behind the scenes with Clayton Kershaw

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA -- A couple of leftovers from my Clayton Kershaw feature that comes out in ESPN The Magazine this week: 1. The first time I met Kershaw, a few winters ago, he had agreed to take us through his offseason workout regimen, which started early i...

    Blog | March 19, 2014