Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports spoke with two NL East GMs about the state of their teams a month into the season. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed his team's pitching:
- Amaro expects pitchers Brett Myers, Joe Blanton and Chan Ho Park to improve. If not, Amaro says "we'll be open to other options."
- Rosenthal expects the Phillies to look internally for rotation help before making any deal. J.A. Happ, Carlos Carrasco, Rodrigo Lopez or Kyle Kendrick could could be asked to start.
- Rosenthal adds that the Phillies' greatest need will be a reliever if Brad Lidge remains sidelined.
- Asked if the Mets are pursuing Pedro Martinez, Minaya said "not right now."
- Minaya suggested the Mets will dabble in any big name that surfaces on the trade market.
- Payroll could become an issue for the Mets, who have already committed $149MM to the team.
- Rosenthal writes that the Mets "look like they blew it" when they decided to sign Oliver Perez instead of offering Derek Lowe a fourth year.
- Minaya said Gary Sheffield and Alex Cora bring an "edge" to the team that Jose Reyes and David Wright lack.
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