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  1. Kluber rewarded for hard work, big finish

    Buster Olney

    Accolades for a teammate are always a good thing, but after Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, the joy that others within the Indians organization experienced ran deep. Because of the person that Kluber is, and because of his wor...

    Blog | November 13, 2014
  2. My awards voting, playoff notes and more

    Buster Olney

    Lockers are being cleaned out these days, first in Oakland, then Pittsburgh, Detroit and Anaheim. Goodbyes are being said, perhaps temporarily or maybe for longer than that. Victor Martinez's season is over, and maybe his time with the Tigers is f...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  3. Previewing the qualifying-offer market

    Buster Olney

    As the saying goes, those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Not one of the 22 players who were extended qualifying offers the past two winters accepted them, and in a lot of cases, that made sense. But it's a strategy that failed...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  4. V-Mart displaying the value of experience

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- Victor Martinez's walk from the on-deck circle to home plate is deliberate, a steady and unhurried amble. His walk-up music finishes, the pitcher, catcher and umpire wait, but Martinez will not be rushed. Ever. He gets in the box when he i...

    Blog | June 08, 2014
  5. Scherzer tops list of impending free agents

    Buster Olney

    Max Scherzer had his worst outing of the season Wednesday, and even in that he showed a side of himself that will be valued when he becomes a free agent in the fall. Scherzer allowed seven runs in the first three innings, with his pitch count spinnin...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  6. The 30 Linchpin Players of 2014

    Buster Olney

    The Cardinals would love for a strong season from Matt Adams, but you know what? If he requires more time to settle in as a regular, they've got enough other parts to win without a big contribution from the first baseman. The same could be said for R...

    Blog | January 19, 2014
  7. Quietly, Detroit is having a great spring

    Buster Olney

    LAKELAND, Fla. -- The infield drill that the Detroit Tigers worked through on Friday morning was the same drill run in every other camp, right up until the moment, early on, that Victor Martinez whistled for the first time. It's a sound that fal...

    Blog | March 16, 2013
  8. Detroit Tigers are quietly having a great spring training - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that while Detroit is quietly having a great spring training, rivals are already taking notice, projecting that the Tigers will have a markedly better season in 2013 than they did during their 2012 World Series campaign.

    Blog | Conversation | March 16, 2013
  9. Detroit Tigers sign Prince Fielder to a nine-year deal after rumo...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the Detroit Tigers' surprising deal with Prince Fielder feels a lot like Pujols' deal with the Angels, which is to say an impulse buy. But regardless, it will transform Detroit's lineup and have ripple effects throughout the AL.

    Blog | Conversation | January 25, 2012
  10. Victor Martinez gives Tigers major boost

    Buster Olney

    DETROIT -- When Jim Leyland seems preoccupied, his answers to questions can be clipped, and Saturday afternoon, he delivered a lot of one-line thoughts. A pennant race can do that to you. But when a visitor to his office asked about the impact of Vi...

    Blog | September 04, 2011
  11. Victor Martinez gives Detroit Tigers a boost with his bat and att...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney explains the variety of ways in which Victor Martinez has given the Detroit Tigers a lift this season.

    Blog | Conversation | September 04, 2011
  12. MLB: Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez won't merely bat behind Migu...

    Buster Olney

    Victor Martinez was picked up by Detroit because they needed somebody to provide balance in the lineup, a bat they could slot in behind Miguel Cabrera. But V-Mart's bigger role may be to stand behind Cabrera as he battles his demons.

    Blog | Conversation | March 04, 2011
  13. Leading from the rear

    Buster Olney

    Tim Wakefield's knuckleball bounced close to Victor Martinez's feet in the first inning of the Rays-Red Sox game Wednesday night, and Martinez quickly grabbed the ball, because Tampa Bay had runners at first and second. But when Martinez ...

    Blog | September 09, 2010
  14. John Jaso doesn't look the part of a leadoff man, but given the a...

    Buster Olney

    Pudgy catchers with zero history at the top of the order don't usually get cast in a leadoff role in the midst of a pennant race. But in Tampa, where alternatives don't exist, John Jaso has been pushed to the fore, and he's not doing so badly.

    Blog | Conversation | September 09, 2010
  15. MLB Trade: Cleveland Indians expected to deal catcher Victor Mart...

    Buster Olney

    Now that the Indians have traded Cliff Lee, rival executives fully expect Cleveland to deal All-Star catcher Victor Martinez in the 48 hours before the trade deadline.

    Story | Conversation | July 29, 2009