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  1. 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
  2. Top 10 center fielders in MLB

    Buster Olney

    Ranking the best center fielders is fairly simple at the top. Mike Trout, widely regarded as the best player in the game, is No. 1. Andrew McCutchen, arguably the second-best position player, is No. 2. It gets more complicated after that. 1...

    Blog | November 26, 2014
  3. 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
  4. My awards voting, playoff notes and more

    Buster Olney

    Lockers are being cleaned out these days, first in Oakland, then Pittsburgh, Detroit and Anaheim. Goodbyes are being said, perhaps temporarily or maybe for longer than that. Victor Martinez's season is over, and maybe his time with the Tigers is f...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  5. Donaldson trade looming in A's overhaul

    Buster Olney

    PITTSBURGH -- When you hear Ralph Branca tell the story of Bobby Thomson's historic home run, he offers a full appreciation of that moment, but the hurt is still there. Dennis Eckersley bears the same tone when speaking of Kirk Gibson's home run, tha...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Final-day decisions for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    This final day of the scheduled regular season should be something that Major League Baseball dreamed about, because even after seven weeks of spring training and 182 days of play, six teams -- 20 percent of the clubs -- don't know where they will be...

    Blog | September 28, 2014
  8. Stanton's injury could cause MLB change

    Buster Olney

    On this date in 1952, the Pittsburgh Pirates did something no other team had done before. From NationalPastime.com: At Forbes Field, the Pirates become the first team to use protective head gear, a precursor to the batting helmet that protects the...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  9. McCutchen admirably playing despite pain

    Buster Olney

    After Andrew McCutchen banged into the center-field wall making a catch Tuesday night, he paused for a moment, bent at the waist, and was probably doing one of three things: 1. Assessing whether his injured ribs had been knocked free from his body...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  10. MLB clubs risking paralysis by analysis

    Buster Olney

    The best trend in baseball over the past decade is that a simple question is asked reflexively: Why? For a sport long entrenched in unwritten rules and a that's-the-way-things-have-always-been mentality, the changes are dramatic. Not only ar...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  11. McCutchen, Pirates need help

    Buster Olney

    Andrew McCutchen has never drawn more than 89 walks in a season, and right now, he's on track to increase that by a healthy margin. For the first time, opposing pitchers and catchers are making a point of pitching around McCutchen and putting the onu...

    Blog | May 11, 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. 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
  15. Top 10 teams in the majors

    Buster Olney

    As 2013 becomes 2014, here's a look at the top 10 teams in MLB. 1. Detroit Tigers Some of the teams that employ advanced metrics determined at the end of the last regular season that the Tigers were the best team in the American League -- by fa...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  16. Top 10 defenses in the majors

    Buster Olney

    There probably has been more focus on evaluating and maximizing defensive efficiency than any other part of baseball in the last five years. If we're looking for explanations about why offensive production has been declining, increased defensive prod...

    Blog | December 29, 2013