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  1. Hamels would make Pads a top contender

    Buster Olney

    The Padres are said to be pursuing Cole Hamels, writes Ryan Lawrence. San Diego still has three of its top four prospects remaining after its flurry of trades, based on Baseball America's rankings -- catcher Austin Hedges, pitcher Matt Wisler, an...

    Blog | December 22, 2014
  2. The Red Sox blew it with Jon Lester

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- When David Cone pitched for the Yankees, he had some savvy advice for young pitchers as they tried to cope with the frustration of talking with reporters after a terrible performance -- you know, one of those situations when every choice...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  3. What it will take to acquire Jon Lester

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The Levinson brothers, Seth and Sam, are the gatekeepers of these winter meetings as the representatives for free-agent pitcher Jon Lester, and they are known among club executives for being grinders in how they negotiate. They don't ...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  4. Biggest remaining needs for contenders

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- As the winter meetings kick off, here are the most significant needs for 12 teams that view themselves as top contenders in 2015: 1. Boston Red Sox: A starting pitcher Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are unique in this winter's m...

    Blog | December 07, 2014
  5. Why I'm abstaining from HOF voting

    Buster Olney

    Mike Mussina spent each of his 18 seasons in the most treacherous waters pitchers have ever faced, among the whitecaps of what will always be remembered as an era of rampant steroid use -- and in the offense-rich American League East, no less. He was...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  6. Top 10 starting pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    This is the final installment of the position rankings and it has been an enjoyable exercise, culling through opinions from evaluators, getting feedback from some players, picking the brains of some really smart scouts. Justin Havens, Mark Simon and ...

    Blog | December 03, 2014
  7. Top 10 relief pitchers in MLB

    Buster Olney

    On to part 10 of our series ranking the best players at each position in baseball. Here are the top 10 relievers: 1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves There is no sign of diminishment in Kimbrel's power stuff; in fact, Kimbrel's average fastball ve...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  8. Nine free-agent bargains to consider

    Buster Olney

    Plenty of free agents available now, but here are nine free-agent bargains worth exploring: 1. Edinson Volquez, starting pitcher He is way down the pecking order of available starting pitchers in the market, far behind the likes of Max Scherzer...

    Blog | November 05, 2014
  9. '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
  10. Will the Royals try to run on Bumgarner?

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY -- When San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers the ball to home plate with a runner at first base tonight, the numbers that appear on the stopwatch of Kansas City Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz will indicate to him t...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  11. 10 key matchups in the World Series

    Buster Olney

    Time to look at the crucial matchups to watch in the World Series: 1. The San Francisco Giants vs. the Kansas City Royals' track team The Baltimore Orioles demonstrated that it's very possible to slow the Royals' baserunners with pitchers who d...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  12. Andrew Friedman's to-do list with Dodgers

    Buster Olney

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Friedman takes over as president of baseball operations for a Los Angeles Dodgers franchise that has a payroll three times larger than what he's worked with in the past, with an all-time great pitcher in Clayton Kershaw and a ...

    Blog | October 15, 2014
  13. Changing conditions for free-agent pitchers

    Buster Olney

    ST. LOUIS - A growing trend, over the last decade, has been for teams to lock down their best young talent into long-term deals, whether it be the Giants signing Madison Bumgarner to a contract through 2017 with club options for 2018 and 2019, or the...

    Blog | October 11, 2014
  14. No perfect time to pull a starting pitcher

    Buster Olney

    LOS ANGELES -- If there's a common denominator in the first extraordinary week of the playoffs, it is this: There is no perfect time for a manager to pull his starting pitcher. On one day, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ...

    Blog | October 05, 2014
  15. 10 key matchups in the wild-card games

    Buster Olney

    Ten crucial matchups to watch in the AL and NL wild-card games: 1. The Royals versus the Jon Lester mystique The left-hander's performance in the postseason last year established him as one of the best October pitchers of his generation. In 13 ...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  16. A's-Sox deal works for both sides

    Buster Olney

    In Jon Lester's past 10 starts, he has a 1.54 ERA, with 66 strikeouts and 11 walks over 70 innings. He has been a completely different pitcher since last August, since Red Sox catcher David Ross convinced him to work to both sides of the plate. He wa...

    Blog | July 31, 2014