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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. Padres' new star-studded lineup ill-fitting

    Buster Olney

    The whole baseball world is talking about the San Diego Padres today, in the dead of winter, probably for the first time since Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter were traded for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez a quarter-century ago. The Padres' spring tra...

    Blog | December 20, 2014
  3. The future of MLB in Cuba

    Buster Olney

    There is a temptation to say that the possible normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could lead to rapid and significant changes in professional baseball, because we've all heard the harrowing stories of escape from the island...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  4. Winners and losers of the winter meetings

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- In keeping with tradition, the Rule 5 draft was held on the final morning of baseball's winter meetings Thursday, and typically, executives pull roller bags into and out of that room, dying to get to the airport after four boring days of...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  5. Dodgers' makeover extreme -- and needed

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The new inhabitants of the Dodgers' front office are well aware of the media portrayal of them as nerds wielding mechanical pencils stuffed into pocket protectors. "The sooner we get past us being the story," one Dodgers official said, "...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Miss on Jon Lester? Here's Plan B

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- A week ago, some folks within the Giants organization thought they had little or no shot at signing Jon Lester. In the past 72 hours, that changed. Now the hope is building for the Giants, backed by their own significant offer. The Cubs ...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Only Selig can rescue Padres from debacle

    Buster Olney

    Only five months remain in Bud Selig's tenure as commissioner, and with his successor chosen (Rob Manfred), most of his remaining duties are ceremonial. After stopping at a few more parks in his farewell tour, he'll crown the champion at the World Se...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  11. The big fix for the next Padres GM

    Buster Olney

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As folks in the baseball world waited for San Diego Padres GM Josh Byrnes to be fired last week, a rival executive ticked off the performances of San Diego's various position players and noted how Murphy's Law was embedded in the e...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  12. When Tony Gwynn spoke up

    Buster Olney

    Memories of Tony Gwynn kept welling up Monday, as the reality of his death sunk in. He was one of the best hitters ever, yes -- he hit over .300 in his last 19 seasons, which is unfathomable -- and he was such a good person, as borne out by the overw...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  13. MLB - Tony Gwynn's love of hitting

    Buster Olney

    The late Tony Gwynn made hitting a science and loved to talk about it, and he was the best in the world at both, Buster Olney writes.

    Story | Conversation | June 15, 2014
  14. 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
  15. Clayton Kershaw's uncertain timeline

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw wants to maintain the five-day regimen that has defined his professional life, and Sunday was the day he was supposed to take the mound, stare toward home plate and cut up the strike zone with his slider and curveball and...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  16. What could derail the Dodgers?

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- The votes are in, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were picked by more folks at ESPN than any other team to win the World Series; 38 of the 44 ESPN experts who cast ballots chose the Dodgers to win the NL West. Las Vegas is picking them as we...

    Blog | March 30, 2014