NL East Notes: Lidge, Cabrera, Nationals, Wright

It's been a busy offseason in the NL East and Yoenis Cespedes and Prince Fielder could join the division before the winter's up. Here are the latest links…

  • The Phillies have stayed in touch with Brad Lidge this offseason, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets.
  • The Braves have not offered Roy Oswalt a contract, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets.
  • The Braves offered Orlando Cabrera a one-year deal this winter, Yahoo's Tim Brown tweets. Cabrera, who announced his retirement yesterday, presumably obtained the offer before the Braves re-signed Jack Wilson six days ago.
  • The Nationals could hope to double or triple the $29MM they obtained from MASN last year when they reset their regional TV deal, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post confirms. The team hired an outside expert to re-negotiate the deal in the hopes of boosting revenues substantially, Kilgore adds. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported earlier this month that the Nationals' TV revenues could “double, triple or more” when they reset the deal.
  • Any team that acquires David Wright from the Mets this summer wouldn't get a draft pick if he opts out of his contract after the season and leaves as a free agent, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork confirms on Twitter. Wright can void a $16MM club option for 2013 if he's traded, so Rubin suggests the third baseman's trade value may be highest next offseason.


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  1. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    ugh, I would have loved having O-Cab!!!

    • coolstorybro222 3 years ago

      I think he wanted to play full time and that is why he probably rejected our offer. 

    • Our young SS need playing time, and they’ll get more of that with Jack Wilson as a backup, as opposed to Cabrera. With Simmons rapidly ascending on ATL, Pastornicky needs the playing time to make an impression.

  2. Ron Loreski 3 years ago

    David Wright has Boston Red Sox written all over him.

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      You mean to say LA Dodger I’m sure.

    • NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

      to play…where? Are u predicting a Youkilis trade?

      • Ron Loreski 3 years ago

        Youkilis is in the final year of his contract. Thirdbase prospect Wil Middlebrooks is almost major league ready. So If Wright’s highest value is to be this off season, when Youk is a free agent, I could see somekind of trade involving Middlebrooks to the Mets and Wright to the Sox. Just makes sense for both sides.

        • Ron Loreski 3 years ago

          Maybe even in the middle of this season if Youkilis is hurt (again).

          • erm016 3 years ago

            Youk has been hurt a lot. I could see D. Wright in Bos. Or Atlanta, maybe. I wish anyways.

          • Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

            Idk wouldnt a trade for headley make more sense? I mean i may be wrong but I think he is a cheaper option, still pretty solid, and more than one year of control. Just a thought i could be wrong.

          • Being an ATL fan, I’ve always entertained the thought of Wright taking over for Chipper, but I don’t think the years will line up and I’d be hesitant to say he’s worth his contract. I’ve always heard, being based in NYC, that he is a nice foundation for a team, but not a star and shouldn’t be treated as such. Since ATL has some money next off-season to spend on free agents, it’ll be interesting what shapes up.

          • 14 Rocks 3 years ago

            Would love to see the Braves get Wright, but they will probably be busy trying to re-sign Michael Bourn next offseason.

          • That might be true, but with all the OF choices, I really don’t think Bourn/Boras have as much leverage as they may think. I’d just as rather go for a cheaper Shane Victorino and take him away from PHI or go for broke and get Josh Hamilton (we need a guy that only averages 125 games played per year when Chipper retires…)

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          youkilis has a club option for 2013 and even if he didn’t, giving up an MLB-ready middlerooks for one season of david wright wouldn’t make any sense at all for boston

        • slider32 3 years ago

          Middlebrooks will be the Sox third basemen in 2013.

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      Well he shouldn’t fall asleep drunk at frat parties in Boston then.

    • flickadave 3 years ago

      Wright would make zero sense for the Red Sox. Youk plays a decent 3B and our best prospect is a third baseman that is arguably ready for the big leagues now.

      • slider32 3 years ago

        The Angels seem to be the spot for Wright, this year or next.

    • Wright has never really seemed to consistently handle the pressure cooker that is the New York media very well. You can use Citi Field/Shea Stadium as an excuse, but having said that, are you concerned at all that he’d be able to possibly replace an Idiot like Youk?

  3. wanna know what will boost the Nats TV revenues?! signing Prince Fielder!!!

  4. GoFish 3 years ago

    I see Wright going to either the Red Sox (Youk always hurt), Yankees (A-Rod is old), Tigers (Brandon Inge?  Really?), or Giants (dump Huff, move Panda to 1B).

    Then again, if his value hits an all-time MLB high this season and God himself tells Alderson to trade Wright, the Mets still wouldn’t know when to move him.

    • Tyler Jedrzejak 3 years ago

      Do the Giants really wanna give all their prospects to the Mets? 

    • I can’t see Wright staying in NYC. I think he’s one of those guys that would do much better out of the limelight and put up Ryan Zimmerman-like seasons. I’d say the Marlins are a possibility depending on what happens with HanRam’s 3B transition. I’d love for my Braves to go after him, but only if he’d take a pay cut on his next contract (which has to be the worst way to lure a free agent to your team). He’s not worthy his paycheck.

      • bobbygriffin 3 years ago

        Watching Reyes go was hard, watching Wright go would be even harder, but watching them play side-by-side again together in Miami would be damn near impossible.

        • I don’t get that impression at all…that Wright is more revered in NYC than Reyes. Maybe I’m misinterpreting your statement, but I’d think the only thing Wright represents is a completely turnover by the Mets org, possibly admitting to how far they’ve sunk. This is an org that still has pride…and getting rid of Wright means they would have to swallow it.

          Wright’s value is highest for NYM. They’ll get compensation picks when he bolts, if he doesn’t take the 2013 option, where another team wouldn’t get those picks. Plus, I could easily see NYM being able to allocate funds for 2013 for Wright, if he plays better with the hitting-friendly dimensions in Citi Field this season. When in NYC, you still need a reason to come out to the ball park…and Johan Santana doesn’t pitch every day. As marketable as Justin Turner is, he’s not the Wright choice.

      • MetsMagic 3 years ago

        It’s sad that people are talking about David putting up Ryan Zimmerman seasons…Zimmerman’s 2009-2010 were basically David Wright seasons. I don’t like this at all, I just want this whole mess to end, and not with the Mets sitting on their hands like they did with Reyes. 

        • Thanks for the Mets fan input. I’m curious how the Mets faithful feel about the guy. I certainly never meant to make any comparisons between Zimmerman and Wright. 2 different players from similar backgrounds, though I can see Wright going that course with the right team, roster spot, and ballpark.

    • slider32 3 years ago

      The Yanks won’t pick up Wright, they are trying to get under the 189 million cap in 2014. I think the Angels are a perfect fit for Wright, they just got a bundle in TV money.

  5. danorage 3 years ago

    Most likely see the Dodgers try and trade for him this summer, they will have their new owner by than.

    • I’d love to see him Dodger blue. That’d be an interesting fit if they have the cash.

  6. Talking about moving Wright is a mott point unless he hits again

    • If he doesn’t hit this season, maybe they’ll allow him to hit with a fungo bat and move the fences in to Little League dimensions to please him.

  7. Wright’s trade value may be at an all time low next offseason if he doesn’t produce.

  8. 14 Rocks 3 years ago

    I am glad Cabrera retired.  He is even worse than Jack Wilson, and that’s hard to do. 

  9. The Braves have not offered Roy Oswalt a contract, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. Has anyone offered Oswalt a contract? Also, why did the Braves feel the need to say they haven’t?Also, I disagree with Rubin, I think Wright’s max value is now and I would trade him and Santana too as long as both are healthy. Even if Santana isn’t the Santana of Old as long as he’s 80 % or better and healthy, I would trade for him. Oswalt and Santana could at least show what remains of the Orioles cavalry how to pitch!

  10. geauxbraves2000 3 years ago

    With all the injuries to the Braves staff I’d love to have Oswalt on the Braves for a season.  I know Oswalt is an injury risk, but maybe the Braves could keep enough starters healthy on a rotating basis between DL stints.

    • I like how you alluded to Oswalt saving the Braves pitching from an injury risk and didn’t comment at all about Oswalt’s 1st season ever having under a .500 record and the 1st season since 2003 he didn’t make 30+ starts. Not including several reports surfacing that Oswalt was heavily considering retirement.

      I’d love to see Oswalt in a Braves, but I’d love to see a full season from one of our young studs. Not only would it allow us to feel confident about the staff moving into a future where we have decide whether or not to bring back Hudson, but also some pitching opportunities to possibly showcase one of the young pitchers’ arms in lieu of a trade, boosting their trade value.

      Not only that, considering Oswalt has been asking for $8M on a 1-year deal, I don’t see where that money would come from. Unless I’m wrong, we don’t have that to spend…especially one pitching when we’re going into the year with a rookie starting SS, and having not upgraded the 4th OF position aside from Diaz/Constanza (which is important knowing how much time Chipper will need off, moving Prado from LF to 3B).

  11. coreybishop 3 years ago

    Saying there’s no offer from the Braves to Oswalt is like saying there is no snow in the forecast for Miami.

  12. The Braves should sign Oswalt. They want to get rid of Jurrjens and there’s teams out there that want him. You can trade away Jurrjens for a future 3B or future LF/CF and a pitching prospect. Sure Jurrjens is good but if you could get both Oswalt and the future replacement for Chipper you go and get it!

  13. Matt Talbert 3 years ago

    Marino we tried to get Arrenado or Wheeler from Rox but they wouldn’t budge.  I’d love to get Manny Machado from Balt.   But why give up your best position player?

  14. Yankees get David Wright for Burnett and Laird maybe a few more prospects in there

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