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  1. Lester deal will set other wheels in motion

    Buster Olney

    Andrew Miller has a free-agent market all to himself, in a sense, as the only elite left-handed power reliever, and in the hours ahead he will choose his next team independent of anything else that happens with other players. There are a small handfu...

    Blog | November 30, 2014
  2. 'Great' free-agent pitcher market is illusory

    Buster Olney

    These are just some of the pitchers who could be available through free agency or trade in the next 13 months: Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, James Shields, Francisco Liriano, Cole Hamels, Ervin Santana, Edinson Volquez, Brett Anderson, Jason Hammel, Davi...

    Blog | November 02, 2014
  3. 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
  4. What lies ahead for key Series people

    Buster Olney

    Here's a look at what comes next for many of the primary figures from the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals ... For Pablo Sandoval, there's free agency. Six months ago, it seemed like there was no chance Sandoval would work out a deal...

    Blog | October 30, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Phillies could move Cole Hamels

    Buster Olney

    This is called lowering the bar: Interim team president Pat Gillick says the Philadelphia Phillies are not likely to contend in the next two seasons. From his interview with CSN Philly: "I think where we are right now, it's probably a couple ...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  7. To-do lists for Orioles, Angels, Nationals

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- There will not much rest at all for Miguel Cabrera, it appears, no chance for him to stay off his right ankle and let the pain from his bone spur subside. If Wade Davis becomes weary in the next 14 days, he probably won't have much choic...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  8. Forensic evidence of the death of offense

    Buster Olney

    My favored theory about the decline in offense is drawn, to some degree, from what we've seen in recent years in the postseason, when scouting and specialized in-game decisions are routinely taken to the next level. Night after night in last year'...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  9. Reinsdorfs days of influence are over

    Buster Olney

    Some of those who were in the room in last week's contested election of the next MLB commissioner are still trying to figure out what happened, and why it happened the way that it did, with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf fighting with virtually no c...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Red Sox had better have a post-Lester plan

    Buster Olney

    Memo to John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino: I hope you have a Plan B. In fact, make sure you have a Plan B. Because if there is no Plan B to Jon Lester for next season, you could have a whole lot of angry fans and players by Opening Day, a...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  12. Marlins could be buyers at trade deadline

    Buster Olney

    Before you dismiss the notion that the Miami Marlins could be serious players in the market over the next few days, it's worth noting that, after their wild comeback win over Washington on Monday, they are closer to the leader in their division -- si...

    Blog | July 29, 2014
  13. The big fix for the next Padres GM

    Buster Olney

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As folks in the baseball world waited for San Diego Padres GM Josh Byrnes to be fired last week, a rival executive ticked off the performances of San Diego's various position players and noted how Murphy's Law was embedded in the e...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  14. The 'legend' of Sonny Gray is growing

    Buster Olney

    Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray is off to a strong start in 2014, with a 1.76 ERA in six starts, and his next scheduled outing is against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Because he's really confident and competitive, and because he's really not th...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  15. Collision rules coming any day now

    Buster Olney

    The new rules banning home plate collisions will likely be dispersed to teams sometime in the next couple of days, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The delay in getting the rules to teams so they can begin training catchers a...

    Blog | February 19, 2014
  16. Braves must go low with Kimbrel

    Buster Olney

    The arbitration case that will be made for Craig Kimbrel next month will be unique, because no reliever has started a career with three-plus seasons like Kimbrel -- 381 strikeouts among the first 883 hitters he's faced, with a 1.39 ERA and 139 saves....

    Blog | January 30, 2014