NL East Notes: Marlins, Kasten, Phillies, Wright

A number of notable NL East players celebrate birthdays today, such as the Nationals' Steve Lombardozzi (24 years old), Ian Desmond (27), and the Mets' Jason Bay (34).  Here's the latest from around the division…

  • The Marlins are discussing whether to not to fire manager Ozzie Guillen, a source tells's Joe Frisaro.  Former Marlin Mike Lowell (who has never managed or coached at any level) has been discussed as a replacement.  Other candidates could include Nationals third base coach Bo Porter and Blue Jays Class-A manager Tim Redmond.
  • The Marlins will likely have a payroll in the $80MM range in 2013, opines Frisaro as part of a reader mailbag.  Miami carried a $101.6MM payroll into the 2012 season and have over $67MM in salary committed for next year.  Frisaro thinks the Marlins will stay away from high-priced free agents like Michael Bourn and instead target "veterans who don't come at a great cost," such as Kevin Youkilis.
  • Former Nationals president Stan Kasten is pleased at his ex-team's success, he tells's Bill Ladson.  "The turning point was Day 1, when [the Lerner family] was committed to a program of scouting and player development — long-term building, try to build internally, get home-grown players," said Kasten, who's now the Dodgers' team president. "As we see, the team that we see out there on the field is largely homegrown with some very key important strategic pieces added on top of it….They stuck to their plan. You are seeing the results now. It appears they are going to enjoy those results in the years to come."
  • Phillies manager Charlie Manuel tells reporters (including's Todd Zolecki) that he hopes the club acquires at least one "first-class good" relief pitcher this winter.  Zolecki speculates that this new reliever could push Antonio Bastardo out of the bullpen, as Bastardo has struggled this season.
  • David Wright's slump shouldn't stop the Mets from signing their star to an extension, opines Matthew Cerrone of, "despite [Wright] having just three good months over the last two years."  Cerrone thinks the Mets could sign Wright to a deal in the six-year/$100MM range this offseason or possibly just pick up Wright's $16MM team option for 2013 if they're still concerned about his long-term viability.
  • Jeurys Familia will pitch in high-leverage situations down the stretch, Mets manager Terry Collins told media, including Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.  The Mets plan to use Familia as a late-inning reliever and backup closer behind Frank Francisco next season.  You can follow all of the late-inning situations on MLBTR's sister Twitter feed, @CloserNews.

16 Responses to NL East Notes: Marlins, Kasten, Phillies, Wright Leave a Reply

  1. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    Would love to see the Phillies add Mike Adams this offseason, really one of the few Elite set up men available.

    Curious to see if the Padres make any of their bullpen arms available (such as Luke Gregerson) given the way they’ve been playing to finish the year.

    • nm344 3 years ago

      Bastardo has been really good actually.

      • I_Am_Roy_Halladay 3 years ago

        Lately, but he was pretty awful early on this season.

        Adams would be a great pickup. Also wouldn’t mind resigning Madson for a 1 year deal to setup for Papelbon. Gregerson would be interesting. If only we could pry Headley away from SD to man 3rd for the Phils…

        • nm344 3 years ago

          He was unlucky. His season line is great.

          • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

            To a point but a lot of his struggles come from an inability to throw strikes consistently. He’s had games where he’s gotten BABIP’d and he’s had games where he’s completely melted down.

            Wouldn’t hurt to add an arm regardless. The better your bullpen, the more success you’re going to have. Let Bastardo/Aumont/DeFratus/Stutes handle innings 6-7 and have two veteran stoppers at the back.

  2. Chris 3 years ago

    I hope the mets can sign wright

  3. Natsfan89 3 years ago

    Shouldn’t you be organizing bus trips to LA for Giants and Padres fans Stan?

  4. nm344 3 years ago

    Bastardo struggled? 14 K/9 rate and 3.16 xFIP. Zolecki hopefully meant the setup role, not the bullpen. Bastardo has been excellent.

    • Let_My_Cameron_Go 3 years ago

      If you have seen Bastardo pitch, then you would not be calling him excellent…

      • nm344 3 years ago

        I have and I do.

      • Dylan 3 years ago

        Lefties are hitting a whopping .169 off of him all year. The problem with Bastardo has been his command, but other than that, he has been good for them. Taking him out of the Bullpen for Horst or Diekman would be a mistake at this point.
        The best possible scenerio for next yearr would be:
        Adams/Rodney/Madson/Grilli (any of those four)

  5. wheels2131 3 years ago

    How about Mike Redmond, instead if his brother Tim

  6. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    If Mikey Lowell is a candidate for anyone he should be a Sox candidate. Mike is a class act and for better or worse I would give him a shot.

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