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Buster Olney of ESPN has produced a pretty fun series of articles this week. Day by day, Olney has posted on his Insider blog Top 10 lists for infield, outfield, rotation, line-ups, and Top 10 overall teams. Olney’s rankings are comprehensive but can be confusing; for instance, the teams with the two highest ranked line-ups, the Angels and Brewers, are not in the overall Top 10, and the Rangers, who have the top infield and fourth best line-up according to Olney, meet the same fate. Eight of the Top 10 overall were playoff teams in 2012, with the exceptions being the number six Dodgers and number eight Blue Jays.
The Phillies appear on only one of the lists; Olney ranks them as having the fourth best rotation in baseball, behind the Tigers, Nationals, and Dodgers, in that order. I would personally drop the Dodgers out of the list and bump up the ninth and tenth teams, Oakland and San Francisco, above the Phillies. Olney seemingly considered putting them higher: “But Roy Halladay, C...
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ESPN's Buster Olney wrapped up his offseason rankings series by unveiling the top 10 bullpens on Saturday. The Reds made an appearance, just as they did in the the other five lists, but they didn't rank as highly as one may have thought.
Cincinnati settled for the No. 8 spot despite leading the majors in bullpen ERA last season. Here is how Olney justified his pick:
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Buster Olney has been doing his top ten lists at ESPN, naming his top rotations, infields, outfields, and so on. The Pirates haven’t been on any list, but I did see something interesting at the bottom of his infield article (Insider subscription required). Olney had a simulation from AccuScore showing the impact of the Houston Astros leaving the NL Central for the AL West.
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The Seattle Mariners have called the Los Angeles Dodgers
repeatedly about outfielder Andre Ethier, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
The Seattle Mariners have called the Los Angeles Dodgers repeatedly
about Andre Ethier, and while the Dodgers' intention is to open the season with
him as their right fielder, they have told other teams all winter that they're...
Over the summer and entering the offseason, it appeared the
Arizona Diamondbacks would be trading outfielder Justin Upton. However, rumors
cooled as teams were reportedly unable or unwilling to reach Arizona’s asking
price. Now, following the Diamondbacks’ signing of outfielder Cody Ross, the
team is “very much open” to talking about trading Upton with interested clubs...