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  1. Francona aims to improve Indians' awful D

    Buster Olney

    As he recalled in a phone conversation Tuesday, Terry Francona, in his first year as a major league manager, was bound and determined that the Phillies' pitchers were going to be a strong defensive unit, and from the start of spring training, he had ...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  2. Is Ryan Howard tradable?

    Buster Olney

    Ryan Howard has had his last at-bat as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. That's what the Phillies hope, anyway. That's their goal, according to rival executives. The Chicago Cubs want to add high-end pitching and contend. The Los Angeles...

    Blog | November 04, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Where Phillies can make a bold move

    Buster Olney

    Ken Giles will be the Phillies' closer one day because he appears to have a chance to be one of best relievers in baseball. Hidden amid the rubble of the Phillies' 2014 season, Giles made his debut June 12 and has been completely dominant, striking o...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  5. Finding value on the waiver wire

    Buster Olney

    Think of baseball's waiver claim process as you would government funding: By the time everybody has taken their piece of the pie and it reaches the end of the line, there really isn't much left. This is what's happening in the first days of August...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  6. Valuing Phillies' options proving difficult

    Buster Olney

    The trade deadline of July 31 won't apply to Cliff Lee, some officials believe, because he's so expensive and there are enough questions about his elbow that nobody would claim him if he were to be placed on waivers in August. "He'll get through waiv...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  7. For Lee's trade value, it's all about now

    Buster Olney

    There are two windows in every baseball calendar year in which small sample size really matters. In October, of course; as Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone and Dave Roberts can attest, bits and pieces of success can live forever. The other time frame in wh...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  8. Time for the Phillies to turn the page

    Buster Olney

    Philadelphia Phillies fans aren't happy, and they're expressing that through the ticket office: The team's attendance has plummeted, from an incredible (and unsustainable) 44,021 per game just two years ago to the current 30,438 per game. That's a 31...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  9. No short-term fix for Philadelphia

    Buster Olney

    The Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays are in free fall, and they could face the same question in the weeks ahead: Should they conduct a sell-off of marketable assets or hang on and hope for a turnaround? But the quandary faced by these two ...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  10. Is Chase Utley a Hall of Famer?

    Buster Olney

    The evaluator hesitated for about 0.2 seconds when considering the question asked over the phone: Who's the best player you've seen lately? "Chase Utley," he said, and went on to describe how Utley is getting to low pitches in a way he hadn't for ...

    Blog | May 24, 2014
  11. Halos' Richards proving to be the real deal

    Buster Olney

    Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels, the 25-year-old who has transitioned from the bullpen to the rotation, has quickly developed a reputation for having some of the most dominant stuff in the sport. Richards shut down the Phillies on Wedne...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  12. Hanley Ramirez has pitchers figured out

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- Hanley Ramirez attends the meetings that the Dodgers hold for the hitters at the outset of every series to go over scouting reports, but he does this to be respectful and polite of the process and not because he actually gleans informa...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  13. The mystery of protecting pitchers

    Buster Olney

    The Pirates' Jameson Taillon, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, is the latest to go through the process of having his elbow checked. The Mets, who have been models of restraint in the handling of their young pitchers, announced that clo...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  14. Jimmy Rollins of Philadelphia Phillies must lead or face trade, s...

    Buster Olney

    Jimmy Rollins continued to be the topic of conversation within the Philadelphia Phillies organization Tuesday, as sources said there is strong sentiment within that the team would be better off trading him and establishing a new tone with a new shortstop.

    Story | Conversation | March 18, 2014
  15. Sandberg sending a message with Rollins

    Buster Olney

    Ryne Sandberg had been outspoken about his desire to manage in the big leagues and willingly bounced through the lowest levels of the minor leagues to get the reps he thought he needed to be taken seriously. Until he was offered the Philadelphia Phil...

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  16. Ranking strength of early NL schedules

    Buster Olney

    In following Tuesday's column ranking the American League's early-season schedules, Wednesday we have the National League. The teams are ranked toughest to easiest in caliber of early-season schedule. 1. Chicago Cubs Games vs. teams with reco...

    Blog | February 26, 2014