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  1. Padres' makeover might not be complete

    Buster Olney

    Through the 2013 season, the most money the San Diego Padres had ever invested in their roster was $74 million, back in 2008. This is why the Padres' striking aggressiveness this winter has been met with a sliding scale of response within the team's ...

    Blog | February 08, 2015
  2. Astros taking risky approach with lineup

    Buster Olney

    The 2015 Houston Astros will hit for a lot of power, with a whole lot of strikeouts, and newcomer Colby Rasmus, who, as Jerry Crasnick writes, will get $8 million in his one-year deal, will fit right in. Over the past two seasons, Rasmus banged 40 h...

    Blog | January 21, 2015
  3. Does Scherzer improve MLBs top team?

    Buster Olney

    The Washington Nationals have agreed to a seven-year contract with Max Scherzer for a reported $210 million, half of it deferred -- Scherzer reportedly will receive $15 million annually for 14 years -- the most ever spent on a free-agent pitcher, the...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  4. AL Central tops MLB division ranks

    Buster Olney

    Since Indians general manager Chris Antonetti joked last week that he'd be in favor of a talent quarantine in the AL Central, the Tigers traded for Yoenis Cespedes and Alfredo Simon and the White Sox landed Melky Cabrera on a three-year, $42 million ...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  5. Free agent Jon Lester's choice slowed by negotiations

    Buster Olney

    The Jon Lester talks have reached the homestretch with multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, but his ultimate choice has been slowed by having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources.

    Story | Conversation | December 09, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Adam Dunn of Chicago White Sox discussed as trade possibility to ...

    Buster Olney

    The Oakland Athletics are closing in on a trade for Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn, sources told ESPN.

    Story | Conversation | August 31, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Detroit Tigers, Alex Avila agree to $4.35M deal

    Buster Olney

    The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with No. 1 catcher Alex Avila on Friday as he agreed to a one-year deal.

    Story | Conversation | January 31, 2014
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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