NL East Notes: Marlins, Mets, Francisco, Nats, Braves

Manager Ozzie Guillen says the Marlins are "dead serious" about making a splash in free agency this offseason, and he's not alone. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post (Twitter link), Marlins president David Samson said that, this winter, "the poachee is becoming the poacher." I think we've found our tagline for the hypothetical Miami Marlins movie. Here are a few more notes on the Marlins' division rivals:

  • The Mets and Frank Francisco's representatives met today, tweets Newsday's Ken Davidoff. GM Sandy Alderson also said that bringing back Jason Isringhausen is possible, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).
  • The Nationals don't expect to be in on Ryan Madson or any of the other big-name closers on the market, writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. "We have a big closer already," said GM Mike Rizzo, referring to Drew Storen. "Anything can happen. But we like where our bullpen is at. Can we improve the bullpen? Certainly, we could improve the bullpen. But we're really satisfied that we have three guys who are very young, very controllable, very talented."
  • Rizzo also told Kilgore (Twitter link) that there's more trade interest in his players this year than at most previous GM meetings.
  • The Braves have added three minor league pitchers to their 40-man roster, protecting them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, according to's Mark Bowman.

24 Responses to NL East Notes: Marlins, Mets, Francisco, Nats, Braves Leave a Reply

  1. OptimisticMarlinsFan 4 years ago

    “The poachee become the poacher”…it doesn’t get any better than that lol

  2. BaseballLogic_Braves 4 years ago

    Oh me oh my, I am drowning with excitement! Do something significant please :]

  3. And that ladies and gentlemen could very well be the biggest offseason move the Braves will make.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      They got rid of Lowe.

    • NL_East_Rivalry 4 years ago

      Braves have the youth to just do nothing. Between finding a possible SS, that, back-up CFer(if at all), and finding someone else for the BP (if anyone at all)… the Lowe move is still the biggest.

    • rsanchez1 4 years ago

      Yeah that, and keeping Fredi Gonzalez.

  4. safari_punch 4 years ago

    Have to wonder if the Marlins think they can become the Miami Heat of MLB by signing the top FA players this off-season. 

    Imagine if they could get three of the following:

    – Pujols to play 3B (as the cards did down the stretch, in the event they sign Fielder too)
    – Fielder to play 1B
    – Reyes to play SS or 2B
    – Add CJ Wilson to their rotation

  5. RVANatsMama 4 years ago

    I’m so glad Rizzo sees the value of Storen (and Clippard for that matter). No need to mess with a good thing.

  6. FS54 4 years ago

    Yeah I like our bullpen too. Go HRod-Clip-Stor!

  7. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    HAHAHA, Oh Samson.

  8. lefty177 4 years ago

    I follow baseball really closely but who’s the 3rd bullpen guy Rizzo is referring to? I know Storen & Clippard but who’s the 3rd?

    • Fifty_Five 4 years ago

      Probably Henry Rodriguez. The guy tosses straight up filth if he gets it anywhere near the plate

      • FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

        When he throws two fastballs at 100mph right down the middle and then strikes the guy out with a absolutely devastating curve. Oh man, its a thing of beauty.

  9. nats2012 4 years ago

    Good im glad our players are getting interest from other teams but guys we should never consider trading are Strasburg, Harper, Espinosa, Zimmermann, Storen, Ramos, Clippard, Morse, Zimmerman, Werth (eventhough people will say who wants that contract), Rendon, and move these guys only if there are very nice returns Detwiller, Peacock, Milone, Desmond, Bernadina.

    • LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

      I don’t see why Morse, Clippard, and Werth(noone will ever take his horrible contract) wouldn’t be expendable at the right price

  10. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    I’m glad Rizzo’s come to the conclusion that the rest of the Nationals fan base has already realized in that it would be a waste of money to go after a closer when the Nationals have much more obvious needs

  11. The marlins will never win the division this year or any year. The yankees will sign cj wilson. The cards already offered Albert an contract more than 200 million. Reyes will be the only player Miami will get. The phils will be okay this year but atlanta has a better bullpen then anyone in the majors. Finally the Nats will sign Carlos beltran but he will get murdered in the national league east. In the end, the braves will become the favorites in the national league east based on our all round depth. So 2012 starting lineup will be CF- Bourn,LF Cuban Man/Prado, RF Heyward, 2b Uggla, 1b Freeman, C- Mcann, 3b- Chipper,and ss Rollins. 2012 pitching rotation- 1. Hanson 2. Teheran 3.Minor 4. Delgado 5. Hudson. The braves trade Jurgeins and Prado away for Prospects and stubbs( makes less than 3 million this year). 

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  14. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    I would like Wakefield because a knuckleballer rotation is awesome. Dickey does not need anyone’s help, for he is all-knowing. 

  15. nats2012 4 years ago

    If you guys sign Wakefeild I think Thole will just quit baseball.

  16. bomberj11 4 years ago

    I liked your post because of your username…

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