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  1. Whos ready to move on from 2014?

    Buster Olney

    These are some folks in Major League Baseball who probably can't wait to put 2014 behind them. 1. The Texas Rangers Last year began with what was effectively a season-ending collision between Derek Holland and his dog Wrigley, and it went down...

    Blog | December 24, 2014
  2. If Jays want Duquette, they should ante up

    Buster Olney

    The compensation for the trade of non-uniform personnel in the major leagues has never been that much, with the most recent example being the relatively paltry return that the Red Sox received when Theo Epstein moved from Boston to the Cubs. The retu...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  3. Top 10 shortstops in MLB

    Buster Olney

    The question of whether you'd prefer to have Buster Posey or Yadier Molina at catcher has lots of layers, as does the debate about whether Miguel Cabrera is the game's top first baseman. But with Troy Tulowitzki coming back from major surgery and ...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Offseason dominoes begin to fall

    Buster Olney

    In one day, Major League Baseball served as the backdrop to a major trade, the second-biggest contract ever doled out by a team from Canada and the finalization of the largest contract in the history of North American professional sports. Offseaso...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  6. Tampa's choice on tampering charges

    Buster Olney

    Imagine that you are in a position of power with the Tampa Bay Rays and you are convinced the Cubs violated Major League Baseball rules by tampering with Joe Maddon. What would you do next? The Rays have a choice between two distinct routes, no...

    Blog | November 01, 2014
  7. Russell Martin set up for big payday

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY -- The final innings of the 2014 Major League Baseball season will play out here in the next 36 hours; meanwhile, executives from 28 other teams and dozens of agents are lining up for the start of the offseason, like runners lining up for...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  8. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  9. Pace of play committee lacks right voices

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Another in the season-long burst of complaints erupted recently over one of the on-the-fly rule changes that were implemented in 2014. An official with Major League Baseball privately conceded that the criticism, in this particular cas...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Could be a quiet offseason in New York

    Buster Olney

    As one small-market general manager said recently, Major League Baseball is at its strongest when the big-money teams are thriving and driving interest in the largest pools of potential customers. Parity is nice, and it's a good thing when fans in Ba...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  12. Porter firing a sign of Astros' major issues

    Buster Olney

    With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, we know a lot more about the position that Bo Porter signed up for in the fall of 2012, when he became manager of the Houston Astros. Whether he knew it or not at the time, this is what the job notice probably sho...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  13. Small change makes big impact for Wood

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Dee Gordon is the model of improvement in major league baseball this year, evolving from a part-timer into an All-Star with a position change and a change in regimen. He explained in spring training that by eliminating hours of pickup bas...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  14. To-do list for new MLB commish

    Buster Olney

    Editor's Note: This column originally ran last week. It has been updated based on news that Rob Manfred has been named to be the next MLB Commissioner. Major League Baseball's owners might have had more unanimous votes under commissioner Bud Selig...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  15. Astros have a major perception problem

    Buster Olney

    Perception matters, which is why the chief justice of the Supreme Court has historically worked for unanimity in decisions, and why the loser in the presidential election gives a concession speech, to legitimize the process. Perception...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  16. Betts exemplifies new strategy for Boston

    Buster Olney

    NEW YORK -- One evaluator not paid by Boston offered this take on Mookie Betts, who will make his major league debut tonight, when the Red Sox try to take their three-game series against the Yankees on "Sunday Night Baseball" (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and Wat...

    Blog | June 29, 2014