NL East Notes: Vizcaino, Phillies, Mets, Lannan

Earlier today MLBTR's Tim Dierkes reviewed the Marlins' busy offseason. Here are some more links from the NL East…

  • Braves GM Frank Wren told reporters that reliever Arodys Vizcaino will miss the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. The 21-year-old right-hander appeared in 17 games with the Braves last year and entered the season as the 40th-best prospect in MLB, according to Baseball America.
  • The Phillies could start the season with prospect Freddy Galvis at second base, or explore the trade market for alternatives.’s Buster Olney hears from rival executives that there’s a short list of veteran middle infielders available in trades. Maicer Izturis, Alberto Callaspo, Chris Getz and Blake DeWitt appear to be options for teams seeking infield depth. 
  • Even though they're short on left-handed relief, the Mets are unlikely to sign C.J. Nitkowski, Hong-Chih Kuo or Dontrelle Willis, Adam Rubin of reports.
  • Jayson Stark of hears the Nationals "still have a lot of motivation" to trade John Lannan and his $5MM salary (Twitter link).

15 Responses to NL East Notes: Vizcaino, Phillies, Mets, Lannan Leave a Reply

  1. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    Sucks about Vizzy :( He was a life saver last year when it became apparent that Christhian O’Ventbrel was getting overworked

    • Jeff 3 years ago

      That’s Medlen’s job this year.  He’ll do just fine in that role.

  2. NathanielS 3 years ago

    I don’t really know the Phillie’s roster. Is there a bullpen guy the Angels should want for any of their middle infielders?

    • NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

      stutes is good, Antonio can’t-say-his-last-name-on-this-website is good…

    • Lastings 3 years ago

      They’ve got Aumont, DeFratus, Savery, Shwimer, and Ramirez that I would think are trade candidates. Aumont’s turnaround 2011 may have saved him from any trade though or at least with a guy like Callaspo. Stutes and Bastardo I would say are untouchable for the middle infielders listed here…

      • NathanielS 3 years ago

        I’m not familiar with the relievers, but I do think Callaspo is one of the underrated players in the league. He’s no Utley but he is very solid.

  3. andrewyf 3 years ago

    Well, the Vazquez trade still sucked, but at least the Yankees got Boone Logan out of it.

  4. 14 Rocks 3 years ago

    Vizcaino getting the surgery out of the way when he is only 21 isn’t a bad thing.  The Braves don’t really need him this year anyway.  Hoping he comes back strong as a starter in 2013-2014.

    • Clayton Wilson 3 years ago

      I never really understood why this ‘two pitch’ label is making people believe that he won’t be a starter. He’s a two pitch guy at the age of 21, it’s not like he’s missed the boat on developing another one. I hope the Braves get him back to starting in 2013.

      Glad they’re getting it out of the way, it was coming eventually. This hurts the SP depth a bit as Medlen will likely be in the pen all season, but the Braves have plenty of high upside pen options. Jurrjens is worrying me again, he’s looked like a career minor-leaguer this spring.

  5. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    The Phillies better go get an infielder… Our only other back up shortstop’s out now. (Not much of a loss… but we’re getting thin on infielders).

  6. This is good timing for the Angels with all their extra parts.  Time to trade them for prospects.

  7. Trout Almonte 3 years ago

    all the LOOGYs in the world can’t help the Mets.  They need better options in all up-the-middle positions.  Ruben Tejada gets on base but can’t hit for power at all.  Thole’s defense almost offsets his offense.  Torres was horrible last year when he played, and there’s a reason that he wasn’t in the news much a few years ago.  Daniel Murphy could be the only above average guy up the middle.  Plus the Jason Bay dilemma, the Mets have a lot of work to do.

  8. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    there have been multiple occasions where saying his name isn’t allowed

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