NL East Notes: DeRosa, Hamels, Martinez, Prado

Ed Wade is heading back to the NL East after four years in Houston. Here are more links from the division, starting with Wade‚Äôs longtime team…

  • Mark DeRosa says he's interested in playing for the Nationals, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson (Twitter links). However, other teams are interested and DeRosa is not close to making a decision.
  • Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. says he's comfortable heading into Spring Training with the team he has, according to Paul Hagen of MLB.com. The Phillies have already made major free agent signings, added complementary players such as Laynce Nix, Jim Thome and Dontrelle Willis and signed players to minor league deals, as our Free Agent Tracker shows.
  • Those who know Cole Hamels doubt he would give the Phillies much of a discount on a potential extension, according to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times. The 27-year-old John Boggs & Associates client posted a 2.79 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and a 52.3% ground ball rate in 215 innings this past season. He's set to hit free agency after the 2012 season (MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects a $14MM salary for Hamels in his final season of arbitration eligibility).
  • Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com shows that the Mets already have a projected payroll in the $90MM range. GM Sandy Alderson has suggested the team's payroll could be less than $100MM, so the Mets may not have much offseason shopping remaining.
  • The Mets are interested in catcher Luis Martinez, who was designated for assignment by the Padres on Sunday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (on Twitter). The 26-year-old hit .203/.309/.305 in 68 plate appearances with the Padres this past season.
  • The Braves and Rockies have continued discussing a possible deal that would send Seth Smith to Atlanta for Martin Prado, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding. The Braves appear to be seeing what they can get for Jair Jurrjens first, however. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports examined possible suitors for Smith earlier today, including the Braves despite their preference for a right-handed hitter. 


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106 Comments on "NL East Notes: DeRosa, Hamels, Martinez, Prado"


3 years 8 months ago

If/when Hamels hits free agency, it’s gonna be chaos.

rainyperez
3 years 8 months ago

If/when Lincecum reaches free agency the universe will explode.

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

If/when Kershaw reaches free agency…I can’t even fathom.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Do I dare mention if/when Strasburg!?! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

Holy!Crap!

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

Imagine when Strasburg’s future son becomes a free agent? I heard he will get a 8M bonus in the womb.

3 years 8 months ago

hahaha funny funny guy! ūüėÄ maybe he will, but i think it’s too soon to say all that stuff. I think he’s capable, but it’s too soon.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

I love Strasburg’s potential but I’d like to see him pitch a full MLB season.

rainyperez
3 years 8 months ago

Well he has some catching up to do. 1 more Cy Young, a Postseason MVP, and a Championship to go.

rainyperez
3 years 8 months ago

Well he has some catching up to do. 1 more Cy Young, a Postseason MVP, and a Championship to go.

Infield Fly
3 years 8 months ago

Enhanced bullpen or no, everything I see says the Mets plan to continue their reign of mediocrity in 2012. This is to be expected as long as the Wilpons hang on to the team, but it’s pretty sad.

3 years 8 months ago

What sort of deal do we see Cole Hamels getting if he hits FA?¬† Certainly more than CJ Wilson got.¬† Who’s his best comparison?

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

CC, Lee, and Santana. Phils are gonna have to pony up a lot to keep him. He wants to be in Philly, but won’t take less than Lee for sure. They might have to go to 7 years 160m for him, which is scary…very scary.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Probably Santana/Sabathia/Halladay money.

The starting point’s probably 6 years $120 million.

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

Cue the Yankees fans saying Cole will be in pinstripes…

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

I think this is going to be a huge season for Miami. If they act like a team, not like a circus, and can compete in the division, they will be an attractive destination. Expect them to throw money at him, and with Cole being relatively young; the money and city can be very enticing for him.

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

Very true

MrBaseball29
3 years 8 months ago

Hamels will be a Yankee, no doubt

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

That didn’t take long

Groty
3 years 8 months ago

Just like Halladay…

3 years 8 months ago

and Lee.

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

And Lee…again

3 years 8 months ago

carlos lee? 

3 years 8 months ago

ha! ūüėÄ

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

And Lee…again

Groty
3 years 8 months ago

Ruben will not let Hamels walk. After Rollins,

DT Flush234
3 years 8 months ago

The Blue Jays now have 30 days to reach an agreement with Darvish

DT Flush234
3 years 8 months ago

Its Official, the Toronto Blue Jays have won the bidding for SP Yu Darvish at $52 000 000 (US)

piro18
3 years 8 months ago

incorrect sir.  Rangers win.

nm344
3 years 8 months ago

oops!

Vote4DougWilson
3 years 8 months ago

I had no clue Hamels was so young… seems like he’s been doing his thing forever!

Cosmo3
3 years 8 months ago

I didn’t realize what an incredible season Hamels had this year. He’s always been good, but now he’s stepped up to join the elite ranks of the true aces. Were there seriously 4 pitchers in the NL who were better than him this year?¬†

Really amazing that they didn’t make it past the Cardinals.¬†

3 years 8 months ago

Hamels will sign an extension in Philly before the season starts.

dylanp5030
3 years 8 months ago

I hope, but I am not confident of this unless Rube goes to 6 for 130 guaranteed

3 years 8 months ago

wow the Phillies should sign Prince Fielder while they’re at it just throwing money around and who knows when Howard will be back?…not going to happen..I think that Hamels gets traded by the deadline if they can’t extend him..and I think the J-Rol re-signing may have tied up any additional funds that they would have to do so.

Spirit of '69
3 years 8 months ago

Ed Wade goes back to Phils after successfully using the Astros as the Phils’ farm team.

Blue387
3 years 8 months ago

I like the idea of picking up Martinez to platoon with Thole, if only for the lack of depth at the catcher position. I would have preferred Jose Morales. I think the front office will take him because Martinez is a Padre and Alderson/Riccardi like former Padres and Blue Jays.

piro18
3 years 8 months ago

That is why the Phillies need to sign Hamels to an extension immediately.  6 years 108 million is a nice number but he may want more.  But as a Phillies fan, I dont care what they pay him.  Just keep him happy and happy in Philly.

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 months ago

Here’s hoping the Phils lose Hamels and the Sox sign him. I don’t think he will beat CC’s contract but im sure he will come within 15-25M of Lee. Just a guess.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t expect much loyalty from Hamels nor should he give any. This is his chance at one of the largest pitching contracts ever given out and he’s going to have at least 3 of the biggest markets vying for his services, plus Washington, Toronto (?), Miami, among others, and the potential of the Dodger’s financial situation getting figured out.

Hoping they can lock him up and avoid the real possibility he leaves next off season.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Just to add: Hard to believe there’s a possibility that Roy Halladay is the third highest paid pitcher on the staff.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

Just to add: Hard to believe there’s a possibility that Roy Halladay is the third highest paid pitcher on the staff.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 8 months ago

Enough with the Prado/Smith rumors. 

O’Dowd should have already¬†ante-upped with Wheeler or Blackmon especially with the signing of Cuddyer. Get it done or move on, there is value in Smith.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

would you call either of those two blocked by Dexter Fowler?

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 8 months ago

Yes definitely blocked by Fowler, they are buying into the second half he had. Last yr when Blackmon was healthy he played all 3 OFer positions but Cuddy is seen as the everyday RF so it’s going to be hard to find Blackmon abs, let alone Wheeler when he’s ready along with Colvin. Makes zero sense to hold onto all 3 or them when there will only limited abs to go around.

rundmc1981
3 years 8 months ago

Where is Cuddyer going to play? He’s essentially Prado, so why do they still want Prado?¬†

bravesdude
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think Cuddy can play 2nd , which is where the Rockies are wanting him(Prado) to play .

Brv Rocks
3 years 8 months ago

Yes, he can play 2nd.  He is really a very similar player to Prado.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 8 months ago

Cuddy is seen as the everyday RF while playing a bit of 1B when Helton needs a day off and Rox are facing LH starter.

They don’t plan on playing him at 2B or 3B at all, at least that whats being reported.

Bob
3 years 8 months ago

Dodgers will have new ownership when Hamels hits free agency. So Cal kid.

GearsofTed
3 years 8 months ago

D’OD will trade Smith for a PTBNL, I¬†guarantee¬†it

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

Are we really still talking about this? Prado for Smith ain’t gonna happen. Now if Danny-O wanted to include Wheeler then maybe we may have something but until then, go find your bat elsewhere.

3 years 8 months ago

Braves office: We are interested in Dexter Fowler is he available?
Rockies office: No but Seth Smith is.
Braves office: We’re not that interested but we really like Fowler, we have 300 good pitchers do you want any?
Rockies office: Yes we’re very interested, how about Seth Smith?

Really?

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

Lol, I laughed. I was thinking it would go more like…
{phone ring}
Frank Wren: Hello?
Dan O’Dowd: Hi Frank, it’s Dan O’Dowd…
FW: {interrupts}¬†sigh…for the last time, you’re not getting Prado for Seth Smith.
DO’D: Oh come on Frank, do it!!
FW:¬†How about you include one of those CFer’s you are stock piling like a squirrel stockpiles nuts before winter?
DO’D: How about not? Come on, Seth Smith is really good!!! He could platoon in left with that guy who beats up fans that run onto the field.
FW: Either include Wheeler or go bother someone else. {Hangs up}