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  1. 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
  2. Red Sox have options besides Napoli

    Buster Olney

    Ben Cherington was honored as baseball's executive of the year the other day, an award that pleased his peers, as well as his friends in the front office. Even throughout the trying 2012 season, Cherington was never caught up in privately placing bla...

    Blog | November 15, 2013
  3. 'Victims' of the qualifying offer

    Buster Olney

    There are always unexpected consequences with each labor agreement, and the most notable shift under the current deal is the draft-pick compensation drag: So many teams have become fully invested in drafting and developing that they shy away from som...

    Blog | November 05, 2013
  4. Qualifying offer surprises

    Buster Olney

    When baseball executives and scouts critique decisions by other teams, it really is part of their self-evaluation process. They try to put themselves in the war room of another team and determine what they would have done, had they been faced with a ...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  5. Torii Hunter among free agents surprisingly not given qualifying ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks at four high-profile free agents who were surprisingly not given qualifying offers.

    Blog | Conversation | November 05, 2012
  6. Yu Darvish's specialized skill

    Buster Olney

    There was a moment during Yu Darvish's start against the New York Yankees on Tuesday when Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli dropped into a squat to call a pitch and made an unusual sign -- sort of an upside-down L, aimed in the direction of the ...

    Blog | April 25, 2012
  7. Yu Darvish has a special ability that few pitchers share - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Yu Darvish's expansive arsenal of pitches is impressive, but as Buster Olney writes, it's his ability to maintain the feel and effectiveness of all of them that makes the Rangers pitcher special.

    Blog | Conversation | April 25, 2012
  8. McCann's looming contract negotiations

    Buster Olney

    The ripples from the Cardinals' signing of Yadier Molina have already been felt in the market, in the negotiations of Mike Napoli, Miguel Montero and Russell Martin. Molina's five-year, $75 million deal has allowed the agents for the other ...

    Blog | April 12, 2012
  9. Atlanta Braves will have to decide what price they are willing to...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that when Yadier Molina signed with the Cardinals for five years and $75 million, he set the table for other elite catchers, like Brian McCann. Soon, the Braves will have to decide what price they are willing to pay McCann.

    Blog | Conversation | April 12, 2012
  10. Toronto's coveted catching luxury

    Buster Olney

    Last year, J.P. Arencibia hit 23 homers in his rookie season for the Toronto Blue Jays, in 443 at-bats. The only catchers who hit more homers than him were Mike Napoli, Carlos Santana and Brian McCann. The highest-ranked catcher in the prospect ...

    Blog | March 16, 2012
  11. J.P. Arencibia and Travis d'Arnaud give the Blue Jays two premier...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that while most teams struggle to find one great catcher, the Toronto Blue Jays have two in the making, giving them a luxury that has drawn trade inquiries from other clubs.

    Blog | Conversation | March 16, 2012
  12. After missing out on a ring for a second year, the Rangers have t...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the World Series is merely a dream now for the Texas Rangers, a club that has to begin all over again like everyone else next spring. Plus, offseason transactions are under way, and other news from around MLB.

    Blog | Conversation | October 30, 2011
  13. Year of the Napoli

    Buster Olney

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Some of the Rangers weren't sure exactly what Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter screamed at Mike Napoli after Texas' catcher flied out to deep right-center with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning Monday night. But ...

    Blog | October 25, 2011
  14. Mike Napoli continues to be difference-maker for Texas Rangers - ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that Mike Napoli, who was something of a throw-in in the Vernon Wells trade this winter, has been a difference-maker for the Texas Rangers this postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | October 25, 2011
  15. Mike Napoli flying high

    Buster Olney

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- As recently as this past spring, Mike Napoli thought of himself as someone who struggled against high fastballs. Hitters like to look for pitches up in the strike zone because the chances for doing damage are greater, he explained...

    Blog | October 24, 2011
  16. MLB - Mike Napoli tweaked his swing to get to high pitches, and i...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that a small tweak in Mike Napoli's swing has enabled the Rangers catcher to handle high pitches a little easier, and it paid off in a big way in Game 4. Plus, notes on Derek Holland and offseason news around MLB.

    Blog | Conversation | October 24, 2011