NL East Notes: Wang, Rollins, Nunez, Capuano

The Nationals have won nine of their last eleven games, including a four-game sweep of the Phillies.  They'll try to keep their hot streak alive tonight against the struggling Braves, who hold just a two-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL wild card race.  Some news from the NL East….

  • The Nationals are in the "preliminary stages" of negotiations with Chien-Ming Wang about an extension, Wang's agent Alan Nero tells MLB.com's Bill Ladson (Twitter link).
  • C.C. Sabathia thinks Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins may sign with the Giants in the offseason, reports Jon Heyman from Sports Illustrated (Twitter link).  Sabathia and Rollins are long-time friends and, as Heyman notes, Rollins was the first to predict that Sabathia would sign with the Yankees in the 2008-09 offseason.
  • The Marlins may have been unable to deal Leo Nunez at the trade deadline due to the ongoing saga of Nunez's true identity, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.  Within that same link, Dan LeBatard is reporting that Major League Baseball (who must've been aware of Nunez's issues, as the Marlins were) nixed a deal involving Nunez last July.
  • Chris Capuano is interested in returning to the Mets next year but said he prefers to be a starting pitcher whenever he goes, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
  • Jose Reyes likes playing for the Mets but isn't sure how his free agency will play out this winter, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.  "This is the only team that I played [for] so far in my whole career," Reyes said. "I feel comfortable here. I feel good with the ownership. I feel like we are family and stuff like that. At the same time, this is a business. And to be honest with you, I don't know what's going to happen. 
  • Davey Johnson wants the Nationals to add some outfield depth this winter, writes MLB.com's Bill Ladson.
  • Tyler Kepner of the New York Times explores the possibility that southpaw Mike Zagurski (dealt from the Phillies to the Diamondbacks earlier today) could end up returning to Philadelphia as the player to be named later in the deal, a rare "traded for himself" move.


34 Responses to NL East Notes: Wang, Rollins, Nunez, Capuano Leave a Reply

  1. Beatofficer 4 years ago

    Rollins with the Giants? I could see that happening, though I don’t feel like he’d want to leave the Phillies despite the bay area connections he has.

    • Gigantes2425 4 years ago

      be wrong cc!! be wrong!!

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      He wants $$$’s. If the Giants overpay for him he’ll sign there.

      If it’s close, he’d sign with Philly. That’s basically what it’s going to come down too.

      • Ian Smell 4 years ago

        That’s what it comes down to for everyone except Kerry Wood.

        • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

          I understand wanting to play in Chicago… but I’d want to get as far away from that team as I could.
          … but anyway.

          I think Jimmy’s going to have a lot of suitors. The Reds, Brewers, Giants, Red Sox?, Phillies, etc all need shortstops or an upgrade at shortstop. Whatever team signs him isn’t going to be getting a bargain.

          • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

            Depends on where Reyes goes, and how that plays out.

      • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

        I don’t think it is relevant that if the Giants pay him big money he will stay. Beltran has made it clear that this offense needs more firepower to get back to where they were in 10′ and if they don’t bring in more offense I don’t think he’ll return.

  2. Isaac 4 years ago

    When are try to investigate Pujols case cause that’s probably not his real name or age he’s already declining only 37homers? Sad Sad Sad

  3. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    Mets fans why don’t you go ahead and say your good-bye’s to Jose. You can’t blame him if he leaves, he brought all-star caliber skills to the field and the team never reached the Series. Good luck rebuilding for the next 10 years.

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      They made a major mistake by holding onto him. They should have sold him at the deadline, taken the prospects. Now, they’ve set themselves back years.

      • start_wearing_purple
        start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

        I think the whole thing was wildly mishandled. After the trade deadline the Wilpons pull out of the Einhorn deal and then announce a potential large cut in payroll. I gotta think Alderson originally thought he’d have the funds to re-sign Reyes or he would have moved him for a nice package of prospects. To me this just screams of the Wilpons mishandling the team.

        • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

          …surprise surprise

        • stl_cards16 4 years ago

          You have to look further into the details though.  Just prior to the Einhorn deal fell apart, the lawsuit against Wilpon went from around 1 BILLION to under 300 MILLION. IMO it was never by accident that suddenly the Einhorn deal fell apart.   

          • start_wearing_purple
            start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

            I knew about that. But the fact is they’re still planning on cutbacks and the way everything sounds, they still have a cashflow issue. To me, the Einhorn deal was in reality a massive stall tactic to make sure Selig didn’t step in. My opinion is still that is the Wilpons still screwed the pooch on this one.

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      Personally, I’m much more interested in saying goodbye to Fred Wilpon. If he [and Katz] don’t throw in the towel fairly soon I have to wonder how much of a legitimate rebuilding process there really is going to be.

    • dirtydez 4 years ago

      He’ll probably re-sign with the Muts. 

  4. bayareabeast 4 years ago

    i would like to see rollins at the top of our lineup..but id hate to see the giants feel like they have to offer a player more money than their worth just cause we missed the playoffs. pleaseee dont get desperate giants..if your going to give someone a ton of money, fielder or pujols is the way to go. we have our leadoff hitter in the minors already

    • Guest 4 years ago

      There’s more to that Sabathia observation than just his comments about Rollins, folks.

  5. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    Mets need to except the fact that they aren’t going to compete anytime soon and ship off Reyes and Wright for prospects

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      3 things:

      1. *accept.
      2. Reyes is a free agent. The best they can do is offer him arbitration and take the two picks.
      3. I agree with you about David Wright. He’s their best chip. They should cash him in.

      • LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

        1. I was wondering where the grammar police was

        2. Brain-lapse on my part. Resigning him would be stupid, he isn’t going to get them any closer to competing within the deal they would work out and it would be money better spent in the draft.

        3. David Wrights just not been the same ever since the move to Citi Field, including his rising SO/BB ratio.. A change of scenery would do him wonders imo

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      …Ship off Reyes…

      It’s a little late for trades, chief. Reyes’ contract is up after this season, and the Mets have just 6 games left. That’s what all the fuss is about.

    • Joveoak 4 years ago

      I don’t think sign and trade is accepted in MLB (I’ve seen that happen in the NBA).  Nice try though.

      At any rate, they should also trade Pelfrey for position players.

      As for not competing anytime soon, remember there is still such a thing as a “Cinderella Season”.  Crazier things have happened.  Case in point:  This year’s Arizona Diamondbacks

  6. $3513744 4 years ago

    “I feel good with the ownership.”

    This.  Either he’s crazy or he’s alluding to the fact that he’s leaving…maybe both?  Likely.

  7. You Are Dumb 4 years ago

    Uh… It was a four game sweep by the Nationals, nit a three game.

    • You Are Dumb 4 years ago

      Not, nit… Same thing to a site that mistakes a 3 game sweep for a 4 gamer.

  8. FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

    Even tho one of the games was a makeup. It should still be a four game sweep!

  9. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    Werth and Morse will be manning two of the OF spots next year with Gomes, Nix, and Ankiels contracts expiring..

    I’d say sign 2 out of Ankiel, Nix, and Dejesus, let Gomes walk and get the draft pick for being a Type B free agent.

    That’ll leave you with Morse in LF, Ankiel in CF, and Werth in RF.. Having Dejesus and Nix on the bench isn’t too bad and if someone gets hurt you have Bernadina and Bixler in AAA

  10. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    I don’t mind seeing Wang get resigned as long as it’s an incentive-based contract

  11. newsman13 4 years ago

    sign rollins!!!  you can’t have enough 30 something .240 hitters.

  12. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    That was my thinking with including them. I thought it was a stretch but a possibility none the less.

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