BUSTER OLNEY RUMORS & GOSSIP

Olney: Qualifying offer estimated at $16.7M this offseason

According to Buster Olney, the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason is estimated at $16.7M. That’s up from $15.8M last season and $15.3M the offseason before. The QO is a one-year deal set at the average of the top 125 salaries in baseball, and the deadline to make the offer is five days after the end of the World Series. Players then have seven days to accept or reject...
Via River Avenue Blues
6 hours ago

REPORT: MLB qualifying offers to reach $16.7 million this offseason

According to a report from Buster Olney of ESPN on Wednesday, Major League Baseball will encounter a bump in salary for qualifying offers come the offseason. While the current estimate for this winter is $16.7 million, that figure would serve as a nearly $1 million jump from last year’s mark of $15.8 million. It is […] The post REPORT: MLB qualifying offers to reach $16.7 million...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

2017 Qualifying Offer Estimated At $16.7MM

Current estimates on the 2017 qualifying offer have it priced at $16.7MM, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). That would represent a year-over-year rise of $900K. That’s a rather standard increase for the qualifying offer, which is determined by averaging the league’s 125 contracts with the highest mean salaries. It sat at $15.8MM for the current year, after...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Report: MLB considering a Home Run Derby for pitchers

If you weren’t aware, Madison Bumgarner has been angling for entry into this year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park. Obviously that’s not a contest that would feature many pitchers, but Bumgarner has the strength (two dingers in just 37 plate appearances this season) and name-recognition that makes it an interesting case. And he’s also not worried about potentially hurting...
Via The Comeback
June 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Jose Reyes suspended through May 31 by MLB

Major League Baseball has finally ruled on the Jose Reyes domestic violence case, announcing on Friday that Reyes would be suspended through May 31. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred also released a statement about the Reyes suspension. “Mr. Reyes cooperated fully with my office’s investigation,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the...
Via The Comeback
May 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Indians’ Abraham Almonte suspended 80 games for PEDs

The PED Ogre has claimed yet another MLB victim as sacrifice. Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com on Friday. OF Abraham Almonte suspended 80 games by MLB for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. More soon.pic.twitter.com/bLb6wscYn4...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Buster Olney: Indians have second-best starting rotation in baseball

Many MLB experts have said this offseason that the Cleveland Indians boast one of the best starting rotations in baseball. Few think that they shouldn’t trade their key arms since they are both very good and very cheap. ESPN’s Buster Olney (insider only) believes that is true as well, as he ranks the Indians’ starting rotation second-best in MLB. Olney writes that the rankings...
Via Waiting For Next Year
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Marlins may be considering a trade of Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez has been excellent early in his career and is extremely young, making him one of the most valuable players in baseball. But as awesome and valuable as he is, apparently you cannot rule out the possibility of the Miami Marlins trading him. Miami is not necessarily interested in trading Fernandez, but teams have been inquiring about him. The Dodgers, Diamondbacks and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

A second baseball writer is abstaining from Hall of Fame voting

Last week, we brought you the story that ESPN’s Buster Olney would abstain from voting on the Baseball Hall of Fame this year due to a backlog in candidates and the Hall’s refusal to remove the ten player cap on ballots. My general conclusion was that while Olney was going down the right path with his actions, they’d ultimately be meaningless unless more writers followed him...
Via Awful Announcing
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Buster Olney to write book on childhood friend who assaulted and killed his niece

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Buster Olney is working on a book. The subject, though, isn’t what you would expect from Olney. Vermont Public Radio has an interview with the ESPN baseball analyst on his plans to write a book about a childhood friend who is serving life in prison for assaulting and killing his niece. But this week, the Randolph native found himself in an...
Via Sherman Report
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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