MLB Transaction Recap: NL East

The NL East had a very productive year in the offseason. One of the stronger divisions should welcome back the Miami Marlins to the playoff race, but teams can’t cant out the emergent Washington Nationals.

 Miami Marlins

Who would’ve thought that the Marlins would have such a productive off-season? The signings of huge names like Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes are extremely exciting, and to top it all off they have a brand-new stadium in downtown Miami that will boost revenue. They also signed a solid utility man in Omar Infante, who will round out the Marlins’ excellent infield. This year could be the turnaround that Miami fans have been looking for, as the splashes this team made in free agency were as good as anyone.

 Washington Nationals

The Nationals made one huge move this off-season that completely changed the look of their franchise for this season. By acquiring Gio Gonzalez, they were able to turn their rotation from one with huge upside to one that should be excellent straight from the onset. If Stephen Strasberg pitches like advertised, this rotation could be among the best in baseball. Coupled with an offense highlighted by veteran Jayson Werth, young shortstop Danny Espinosa, and young superstar Bryce Harper, this team could potentially compete for the division.

 Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have had a relatively quite off-season. Their only major acquisition was Jonathan Papelbon, and the other players they added (Ty Wigginton, Jim Thome, and Laynce Nix) are all plantoon players at best. They may still try to add another left-handed bat off the bench, but the Phillies don’t look eager to make any moves. They are still the front runners for the division, however, so don’t assume that their inactivity is connected to a lack of commitment.

 New York Mets

While the Mets do not figure to contend, they have made a little noise this offseason. After the loss of Jose Reyes, they went out and traded Angel Pagan to the Giants for Andres Torres. They also brought in Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch to help stabilize the bullpen. In the long run, however, these moves are simply to keep the Mets from hitting rock bottom as they try to recover from a financial scandal.

 Atlanta Braves

The Braves have been the quietest team in this division one year removed from an epic collapse that allowed the eventual World Series champion Cardinals into the playoffs. The Braves have made a grand total of three (yes, 3) new acquisitions, all of whom are coming in on minor league deals. The Braves haven’t really lost anybody important, either, so this is not a lost off-season for them. They are still a force to be reckoned with, especially if Brian McCann and Chipper Jones can stay healthy for 162 games.


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