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  1. Previewing the qualifying-offer market

    Buster Olney

    As the saying goes, those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Not one of the 22 players who were extended qualifying offers the past two winters accepted them, and in a lot of cases, that made sense. But it's a strategy that failed...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  2. Scherzer tops list of impending free agents

    Buster Olney

    Max Scherzer had his worst outing of the season Wednesday, and even in that he showed a side of himself that will be valued when he becomes a free agent in the fall. Scherzer allowed seven runs in the first three innings, with his pitch count spinnin...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  3. The plight of 'The Draft Pick Five'

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA, Fla. -- An AL executive drew an analogy the other day between the situation facing "The Draft Pick Five" free agents -- Nelson Cruz, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales -- and the sale of a house. "If the price o...

    Blog | February 14, 2014
  4. Free-agent system needs fixing

    Buster Olney

    The five most prominent unsigned free agents -- Nelson Cruz, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Kendrys Morales, and Stephen Drew -- are being weighed down by more than the draft-pick compensation to which they are tied. Drew and Morales have each suf...

    Blog | January 03, 2014
  5. Top 10 lineups in the majors

    Buster Olney

    Kendrys Morales is still looking for work, and so is Nelson Cruz. But with almost all of the best hitters in place, we present the first in a series of our annual top-10 team rankings: the best lineups. As one executive noted: "When y...

    Blog | December 26, 2013
  6. 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
  7. '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
  8. Dunn could fill Rangers' power void

    Buster Olney

    The A-Rod-palooza will go on for many more weeks, given the daily promise that Alex Rodriguez will say something that will make us shake our heads -- such as when he all but painted himself as a Founding Father fighting on behalf of the Constitution ...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  9. Biogenesis could hurt free agents

    Buster Olney

    Much has been made of the possibility that Major League Baseball could announce suspensions for players tied to the Biogenesis case, and how it could greatly affect pennant races. But as the calendar drags on, the chances that the whole issue will sp...

    Blog | July 05, 2013
  10. Rangers begin a new World Series dream

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS -- Behind the sheet of plastic that covered Nelson Cruz's locker, the ball was still wedged into his glove -- the same ball that he caught to end Game 6 of the World Series and to turn the Texas Rangers into champions for the first tim...

    Blog | October 30, 2011
  11. 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
  12. Berkman is key to Cardinals' WS fate

    Buster Olney

    The World Series begins Wednesday night, with the St. Louis Cardinals matching up against the Texas Rangers. But there are matchups within the matchup, and here are the 10 biggest: 1. Lance Berkman versus Rangers' left-handers: Three of the Ran...

    Blog | October 17, 2011
  13. MLB - Lance Berkman will be huge for the St. Louis Cardinals in t...

    Buster Olney

    With the World Series now set, Buster Olney previews the 10 biggest matchups between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. Plus, Theo Epstein to the Cubs should be resolved soon, Frank McCourt may have settled his divorce, and other MLB notes.

    Blog | Conversation | October 17, 2011
  14. For Texas, one pitch to ponder

    Buster Olney

    There should be no regrets for the Texas Rangers about the 2010 World Series, because they were completely dominated over a week of baseball. The No. 3-4-5 hitters in their lineup -- Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz -- combined to hit...

    Blog | November 02, 2010
  15. 2010 World Series: Texas Rangers simply outplayed by San Francisc...

    Buster Olney

    The Texas Rangers shouldn't have regrets, writes Buster, mostly because they were simply outplayed in almost every facet of the game in this World Series. But yes, there will be one pitch to ponder, and Cliff Lee and Bengie Molina could tell you why.

    Blog | Conversation | November 02, 2010
  16. Stealing his new home

    Buster Olney

    Chris Nelson has been in the big leagues for seven at-bats and only a couple of weeks' worth of games, but he has been in pro ball for seven seasons, after being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round in 2004. So as he led off third ...

    Blog | September 10, 2010