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  1. Execs put a price on Drew, Morales

    Buster Olney

    Vin Mazzaro could be a useful reliever for a lot of teams, but he cleared waivers Tuesday and a couple of executives speculated that part of the reason for that is Mazzaro makes more than minimum wage -- $950,000. "Once you go to spring training, ...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  2. Players I'd reach for in fantasy

    Buster Olney

    Colleague Andrew Feldman asked some of us to jump into an ESPN draft room yesterday and pick teams as part of #MockDraftMonday. With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, I figure I should've gotten a better core of relievers. But after the first three ...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  3. Andrew Bailey, New York Yankees agree on minor-league deal

    Buster Olney

    The New York Yankees have agreed to terms with reliever Andrew Bailey on a minor-league deal, according to a source.

    Story | Conversation | February 22, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Top 10 bullpens in the majors

    Buster Olney

    The top 10 series continues with a look at the best bullpens in the majors. 1. Atlanta Braves If you want to know what the start of a first-ballot Hall of Fame career might look like, Craig Kimbrel is the reliever version of Mike Trout. The Atl...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  6. Maddon, Tito can't make Dusty's mistake

    Buster Olney

    CLEVELAND -- Indians GM Chris Antonetti was asked about how many relievers the Indians intend to carry on their roster in Wednesday night's AL wild-card game, and he laughed and said that Terry Francona's preference is to carry about two dozen, so th...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  7. Rivera won't reconsider retiring

    Buster Olney

    Mariano Rivera is almost perfect as a reliever this season, with 19 saves and a 1.77 ERA, the sort of numbers that don't square with the fact that he is 43 years old and announced his retirement back in March. This isn't quite Gale Sayers walking...

    Blog | June 03, 2013
  8. The fuel for Baltimore's success

    Buster Olney

    Buck Showalter will make his way around the field during batting practice before games, and while he'll talk to a lot of players along the way, his primary mission, he says, is to get a read on how his relievers are feeling, how their arms are f...

    Blog | September 23, 2012
  9. 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
  10. Ten relievers off to great starts

    Buster Olney

    Bullpen holes have been popping up like spring dandelions all over the baseball landscape. The Kansas City Royals lost their two most important relievers, the Washington Nationals lost closer Drew Storen, the Baltimore Orioles' closer is in the ...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  11. Aroldis Chapman and other relief pitchers off to great starts thi...

    Buster Olney

    There has been a wealth of bullpen injuries so far this season, but there has also been some superb work, too. Buster Olney highlights 10 relievers who have gotten off to great starts.

    Blog | Conversation | April 27, 2012
  12. Dee Gordon and Opening Week notes

    Buster Olney

    Heaven is an April day on the couch, the remote control filled with new batteries, to watch a day full of baseball games and see a bunch of things. 1. The Dodgers' Dee Gordon is the son of former reliever Tom Gordon, but he possesses Rickey Hen...

    Blog | April 11, 2012
  13. Dee Gordon, Rick Porcello and other thoughts from a day of games ...

    Buster Olney

    As Opening Week of the MLB season concludes, Buster Olney provides some notes on the Dodgers' Dee Gordon, the Tigers' Rick Porcello, and other things happening around baseball.

    Blog | Conversation | April 11, 2012
  14. Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays ar two teams that could be in mark...

    Buster Olney

    The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will begin the regular season with their closers on the disabled list, and Buster Olney writes that it won't be long before teams give the reliever market a look. On paper, there are some trade options.

    Blog | Conversation | April 04, 2012
  15. Finding value in a relievers market

    Buster Olney

    The Philadelphia Phillies' $50 million signing of Jonathan Papelbon sent reverberations throughout the baseball industry, that continue today as other elite closers continue to see similar deals -- guys such as Heath Bell, Ryan Madson and Franci...

    Blog | December 01, 2011
  16. Jonathan Papelbon's $50 million deal with the Phillies set the ma...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that when the Phillies handed out $50 million for Jonathan Papelbon, it sent ripples through the industry as the deal set the market for other elite relievers. Teams now have to look for value among secondary options.

    Blog | Conversation | December 01, 2011