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  1. The plight of 'The Draft Pick Five'

    Buster Olney

    TAMPA, Fla. -- An AL executive drew an analogy the other day between the situation facing "The Draft Pick Five" free agents -- Nelson Cruz, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales -- and the sale of a house. "If the price o...

    Blog | February 14, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Many teams capable of a big move

    Buster Olney

    The Mariners have spent about $250 million this offseason, and the Yankees more than $300 million. Most of the best free agents have come off the board, and as general managers rushed out of the building with the dolphin on the top to catch flights o...

    Blog | December 15, 2013
  5. Free-agent pitchers feeling the squeeze

    Buster Olney

    Some of the teams that targeted starting pitching thus far in free agency, like the Giants, Royals and the Twins, have done some or all of their winter work choosing from the free agents with mid-sized contracts. Ricky Nolasco, Jason Vargas, Josh Joh...

    Blog | November 30, 2013
  6. Expect Angels to be active in trade market

    Buster Olney

    The Los Angeles Angels finished 22nd in starters' ERA last season, and are said to be casting a wide net as they look for ways to upgrade their rotation through trades. There are still starting pitchers available through free agency, but agents repor...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  7. Winter ball worries; top 10 moves

    Buster Olney

    Every winter, teams encourage players to go to winter ball to learn, to play, and the vast majority of those who join a team in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela or Mexico or Puerto Rico talk about how much they glean from the experience. The Wh...

    Blog | August 09, 2013
  8. August trade candidates across MLB

    Buster Olney

    The names have started passing through the waiver wires, and there will be a lot of deals this month, some general managers are predicting. More players will change hands as more teams wave the white flag on the 2013 season and try to save a little m...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  9. Contracts now a target in PED fight

    Buster Olney

    ATLANTA -- Long before Ryan Braun accepted his suspension or Alex Rodriguez asked his lawyer to join a conference call in which the topic was a quadriceps strain, club officials throughout Major League Baseball had started to look into the topic of w...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  10. Making sense of Soriano in New York

    Buster Olney

    Here are the reasons the Yankees' trade for Alfonso Soriano doesn't make sense: • He has a .287 on-base percentage. • He's limited in the positions he can play, either left field or DH, on a team that already has too many players whos...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  11. The great white-flag debate

    Buster Olney

    Before the trade deadline in 1996, then-Orioles general manager Pat Gillick assessed his team and decided to blow it up. He arranged trades of Bobby Bonilla and David Wells, believing that Baltimore's organization needed an injection of prospects for...

    Blog | July 25, 2013
  12. What Cubs can get for Garza

    Buster Olney

    A highly ranked executive marveled the other day at the incredible shift in the trade market over the past 15 years. It used to be, he said, that if you had a good veteran pitcher -- even someone not far from free agency -- you could get three of ano...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  13. MLB could tie suspensions to Hall of Fame

    Buster Olney

    Whenever the Biogenesis suspensions go down, Major League Baseball will enter a new stage of a public-relations battle -- and if commissioner Bud Selig is looking for the biggest splash, with the best chance for reinforcement, then he would make the ...

    Blog | July 18, 2013
  14. Cards, Indians lead latest buzz

    Buster Olney

    After Rafael Furcal's elbow fell apart in spring training and trade speculation began, St. Louis Cardinals players spoke highly of Pete Kozma. They could not have had the kind of run they did at the end of last season, the other Cardinals said, witho...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  15. 'Zack Wheeler Syndrome' pervades market

    Buster Olney

    You could call it the "Zack Wheeler Syndrome." It's the tendency of general managers to hold out the possibility that another team might react with desperation, or with emotion, or out of almost untethered ambition. This is what happened in the s...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  16. Scanning the bullpen market

    Buster Olney

    Some general managers would prefer that the non-waiver trade deadline be moved back until the end of August, especially now, when the addition of two more wild-card teams to the playoff format provides lingering hope for more teams. To those GMs, the...

    Blog | May 24, 2013