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  1. Early grades for the free-agent class

    Buster Olney

    In the April leading up to CC Sabathia's free agency in 2008, his ERA after four starts was 13.50. Months later, he got the biggest contract ever for a pitcher -- $161 million -- after he had bounced back, and then been traded to Milwaukee and led th...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  2. Rival execs aghast at Cabrera contract

    Buster Olney

    To understand just how terrible the industry reviews are of the Detroit Tigers' deal with Miguel Cabrera, it's appropriate to draw on the examples from the movie industry. The Cabrera deal, in the eyes of rival executives, is "Disaster Movie" ...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  3. From Japan, with an updated plan

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox prepared diligently before investing $101 million in Daisuke Matsuzaka, scouting him thoroughly, evaluating aspects of the transition he would have in moving from pitching in Japan to pitching in Major League Baseball, from diet to langua...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  4. Implications of the Freeman contract

    Buster Olney

    There is snow and ice piling up outside again, so here are some quick observations about Freddie Freeman's $135 million deal. 1. Among the group of talented Braves youngsters -- Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel, Mike ...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  5. Yankees still looking up in AL East

    Buster Olney

    The Yankees invested a $20 million posting fee and $155 million in salary in Masahiro Tanaka, and that total of $175 million represents the highest amount of dollars spent on any free-agent pitcher ever -- more than $161 million spent on CC Sabathia,...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Winners and losers of Kershaw deal

    Buster Olney

    Clayton Kershaw will earn about 75 cents to 80 cents per heartbeat over the next seven years, given the seven-year, $215 million contract agreement that was reported by ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne. So he is the most obvious winner in all of...

    Blog | January 16, 2014
  8. How Kershaw's decision affects Tanaka

    Buster Olney

    It was sometime in the middle months of last season that the Los Angeles Dodgers dangled the idea of what would essentially be a lifetime deal in front of Clayton Kershaw -- a whopper contract for something in the range of $300 million. At that time,...

    Blog | January 11, 2014
  9. Top 10 rotations in the majors

    Buster Olney

    Mashiro Tanaka will represent a significant upgrade to the winning bidder, and as some executives said last week, the expectation is that he'll get a contract well over $100 million. Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez will also land somepla...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Many teams capable of a big move

    Buster Olney

    The Mariners have spent about $250 million this offseason, and the Yankees more than $300 million. Most of the best free agents have come off the board, and as general managers rushed out of the building with the dolphin on the top to catch flights o...

    Blog | December 15, 2013
  13. White Sox place huge bet on Abreu

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- When the Dodgers signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract, there were lot of evaluators who thought the deal was reckless, at the very least, and maybe a little insane. And now every team would love to have h...

    Blog | October 18, 2013
  14. Yankees, Cano appear far apart on dollars

    Buster Olney

    When Mariano Rivera was asked on the day he announced his retirement about what the perfect ending to his career would be, he talked about being on the mound for the World Series -- and even at the time he said it, that seemed unreachable, given all ...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  15. Crime still pays in MLB

    Buster Olney

    Melky Cabrera was suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs in 2012 and lost about a third of his salary, or about $1.8 million of the $6 million that he made. Then, when he went into free agency, he signed a two-year, $16 million deal wit...

    Blog | June 05, 2013
  16. Astros, Selig and the issue of tanking

    Buster Olney

    Bud Selig says he has no problem with the Houston Astros' strategy, or their payroll level of $25 million. From Brian Smith's story in the Houston Chronicle: "I do trust the organization," Selig said. "Look, every organization goe...

    Blog | March 27, 2013