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  1. Trade fits for Jacoby Ellsbury

    Buster Olney

    If the Red Sox had won one more game and made the playoffs in 2011, Jacoby Ellsbury may well have won the AL Most Valuable Player. He has proved he is capable of great work. But because of circumstances, there would appear to be an extremely limited...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  2. If Jacoby Ellsbury is dealt from Boston, these teams could be fit...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes about how trade chatter surrounding Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has picked up. He speculates on teams where Ellsbury could be a fit.

    Blog | Conversation | December 05, 2012
  3. Early looks at big offseason decisions facing all 30 teams - MLB

    Buster Olney

    With the World Series complete and the 2012 season in the rearview mirror, Buster Olney takes an early look at decisions facing all 30 teams this offseason.

    Blog | Conversation | October 29, 2012
  4. What Terry Francona faces as manager of the Cleveland Indians - M...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that after accepting the managerial job with the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona's first challenge is clear: Make something out of a stumbling starting rotation.

    Blog | Conversation | October 08, 2012
  5. Key matchups for Orioles, Rangers, Braves and Cardinals - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster breaks down the key matchups that will decide the new one-game-series approach for the MLB wild card.

    Blog | Conversation | October 05, 2012
  6. Teams best positioned for October run

    Buster Olney

    When Major League Baseball put its new set of playoff rules in place, nobody knew exactly how the changes would shape the decisions of managers and general managers and players. Nobody knew for sure if some unforeseen circumstance might emerge, alter...

    Blog | October 03, 2012
  7. The status of each playoff contender heading into postseason - ML...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks at all 10 playoff teams and evaluates their statuses heading into the postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | October 03, 2012
  8. Key players for playoff contenders

    Buster Olney

    Scouts are scattered all over ballparks these days, preparing for the postseason, looking for weaknesses, forming opinions on which hitters to avoid and which hitters to go after. Each of the playoff teams will have particular players who will be...

    Blog | September 25, 2012
  9. The most important player on each current playoff team - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney goes through every team currently projected to make the postseason and highlights the player most crucial to their playoff hopes.

    Blog | Conversation | September 25, 2012
  10. Buck Showalter's bullpen management is a big reason for Orioles' ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that if Buck Showalter wins AL Manager of the Year, it'll be because of his (and pitching coach Rick Adair's) ability to manage the Baltimore bullpen, a group that has had to consume far more innings than other AL contenders.

    Blog | Conversation | September 23, 2012
  11. Wild rules could alter playoff games

    Buster Olney

    Some of the San Francisco Giants spoke recently about how they view the Atlanta Braves as a really dangerous postseason team because of their dominant bullpen pieces and the power in their lineup. It's possible that the Braves will finish this s...

    Blog | September 18, 2012
  12. Wild-card roster rules will allow managers to experiment - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that with managers allowed to set 25-man rosters specifically for the winner-take-all wild-card games -- and then change them if their teams advance -- we could see some strange things as managers look for matchups.

    Blog | Conversation | September 18, 2012
  13. Atlanta Braves have learned from last season's September collapse...

    Buster Olney

    As the Atlanta Braves find themselves in another September race, Buster Olney writes that they aren't hiding from their 2011 collapse. The Braves owned it, learned from it and are now using the experience to be better prepared this time around.

    Blog | Conversation | September 16, 2012
  14. Phillies, Brewers have climbed back into the NL wild-card race - ...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that, as we saw last year with the Red Sox and others, anything can happen at the end of the season. This year, the Phillies and Brewers are trying to do some "crazy stuff" of their own.

    Blog | Conversation | September 12, 2012
  15. What must go right for each AL contender to make the postseason -...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney runs through all of the current American League playoff contenders and says what must go right in the final month of the season for each team to have a shot at the postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | August 28, 2012
  16. The Tampa Bay Rays are set up to do damage if they can get to Oct...

    Buster Olney

    The Tampa Bay Rays have gone unnoticed for much of this season, but as the postseason nears, Buster Olney writes that Tampa Bay could be baseball's most dangerous team.

    Blog | Conversation | August 13, 2012