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  1. Better for Yanks if Sabathia calls it quits

    Buster Olney

    David Ortiz recently recalled a time when CC Sabathia drilled him intentionally. There was nothing to do but drop the bat and jog to first base, Ortiz said, because Sabathia has so much credibility and accountability that if he hit you on purpose, we...

    Blog | July 07, 2014
  2. Samardzija deal sets stage for Price trade

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- David Price's focus is on doing the best he can for the Tampa Bay Rays, he said here Saturday. But every day, there are reminders that he could be in his last hours with Tampa Bay. Players on other teams text him daily to ask whether h...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  3. Conditions are perfect for a Price trade

    Buster Olney

    Only the Tampa Bay Rays know for sure what will be deemed acceptable for David Price, or when they'll be ready to say yes. But rival officials are monitoring the market in the way that meteorologists follow weather patterns, and they believe that the...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  4. No short-term fix for Philadelphia

    Buster Olney

    The Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays are in free fall, and they could face the same question in the weeks ahead: Should they conduct a sell-off of marketable assets or hang on and hope for a turnaround? But the quandary faced by these two ...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  5. Starters who could hit trade market

    Buster Olney

    The Astros traded away Lucas Harrell on Monday, but he won't be the last pitcher traded this season, of course. The market is a long way from fully developing, from being fully defined by failures and successes. A long-time executive said last we...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  6. Why team-friendly deals make sense

    Buster Olney

    The Rays aren't sure whether starter Matt Moore will need surgery, as Marc Topkin writes. But given what we saw the other night, with Moore recoiling from a pitch the way that Braves starter Kris Medlen did in March, it would surprise no one if it tu...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  7. Stadium woes continue for Rays, A's

    Buster Olney

    On one side of the country, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., met with Tampa Bay Rays president Matt Silverman to discuss the team's lingering unhappiness with the current ballpark situation, as detailed by Christopher O'Donnell. On the other side o...

    Blog | April 05, 2014
  8. Cubs new manager will connect quickly

    Buster Olney

    Rick Renteria dreams in two languages: Spanish and English. This is not unusual for folks who know more than one language. But when he speaks in his sleep loud enough to wake up his wife, there's one common denominator. He's talking about baseball. ...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  9. Early picks for every division

    Buster Olney

    There are still some front-line free agents who will sign before the start of the regular season, and the inevitable spring training injuries to come, so it's too early to lock in predictions for 2014. But right now, this is what I'm looking at: ...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  10. Two small-market clubs going all-in

    Buster Olney

    When the New York Yankees really go for it, when they unleash their financial might in an effort to protect their brand and win a championship, that means firing almost a half-billion dollars at the best and most expensive players. Two...

    Blog | January 24, 2014
  11. Yankees still looking up in AL East

    Buster Olney

    The Yankees invested a $20 million posting fee and $155 million in salary in Masahiro Tanaka, and that total of $175 million represents the highest amount of dollars spent on any free-agent pitcher ever -- more than $161 million spent on CC Sabathia,...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  12. How Kershaw, Tanaka affect Price

    Buster Olney

    The climate has not been good for the Rays to trade David Price this winter because of too much murk in the market. There have been too many alternatives available for teams that might be queasy about giving up a big package of prospects for Price, a...

    Blog | January 17, 2014
  13. David Price could end up staying put

    Buster Olney

    The Tampa Bay Rays are credited for their use of defensive shifts, for their bullpen reconstructions, for their trades, for competing in the AL East annually. But what the club's leadership doesn't get enough credit for is how competitive it is. ...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  14. 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
  15. Braves could deal Craig Kimbrel

    Buster Olney

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have been collecting information this week in their trade conversations about starter David Price, because eventually they will have to trade him. They drafted Price, they developed Price, they love Price,...

    Blog | December 12, 2013
  16. Orioles facing a run of tough choices

    Buster Olney

    The Red Sox have won the World Series three times in the past 10 seasons. The Yankees have made the playoffs all but two seasons since 1995, capitalizing on a record payroll. The Tampa Bay Rays are generally viewed within the industry as having the b...

    Blog | November 17, 2013