NL East Notes: Martin, Desmond, Strasburg

The Nationals will host Washington's first playoff game in 79 years today when they welcome Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals to Nationals Park. Here are some links from the NL East…

  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests the Mets should sign Russell Martin if the Yankees let him leave as a free agent this offseason. The Mets could use catching help and they know Martin can handle New York while offering a combination of defense, power and youth.
  • Multiple teams have tried to buy low on Ian Desmond, but GM Mike Rizzo says he “never one time considered trading him at all," according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post (quote via Twitter). Kilgore explains that Desmond’s tremendous year can no longer be overlooked now that he’s producing for the Nationals in the postseason.
  • If the Nationals get eliminated from the playoffs, questions about Stephen Strasburg’s shutdown will be coming from within the team’s clubhouse and from outside critics, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
  • In case you missed it, here’s my offseason outlook for the Mets. A top priority for the club is locking up David Wright, and they’d like to reach a deal for $100MM or so — an unrealistic price in my view.


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44 Comments on "NL East Notes: Martin, Desmond, Strasburg"


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burnboll
2 years 8 months ago

Ken Rosenthal delivering a real shocker there…

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JacobyWanKenobi
2 years 8 months ago

I think the Yankees will consider re-offering Martin a 2-3 year deal. It’d probably be less than the one offered last spring. He had a down year offensively, but when he did get hits, they were usually big ones. He also set a career high for home runs and works well with the pitching staff.

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bigpat
2 years 8 months ago

Everyone just needs to get over the Strasburg decision already, the Nats are a very good team and I don’t think they will be a one year wonder. I know pitchers can get injured at anytime but if they go into next season with the team they have now plus a signing or two, I don’t see how they won’t be in the running for the next few seasons.

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CandyMaldonadoLand
2 years 8 months ago

That’s not the point. The point in baseball is to win, bottom line. If a major piece in your puzzle is missing down the stretch, your chances diminish.
Also, there is no guarantee that this team will be a playoff contender next year. There is absolutely no way to know this.

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elclashcombo
2 years 8 months ago

I agree. Why didnt the Nats limit his innings over the course of the year or last couple months of the season?

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CandyMaldonadoLand
2 years 8 months ago

Yeah, I was thinking that starting in mid-August, for all his starts, that he just goes 5 innings and they could have still been using him now.

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Slopeboy
2 years 8 months ago

@c38048f7936b28f3682d54aaaa9725d6:disqus

You’re correct about winning being the bottom line, but there are no guarantees in Baseball. Having Strasburg on the team just makes your chances better, there is no guarantee there either.

What everyone seems to forget here, is that the Nats made a decision this spring to bring him along slowly.They drew up a plan to compete, while not expecting to go as far as they did so quickly.When Rosenthal interviewed Johnson in the spring, Davy said they had a good team, he didn’t say they were going to win the division. They didn’t know what Bryce Harper was going to do, nor how Strasburg was going to perform coming off surgery, so they were content with being competitive, that they’re ahead of schedule turns out to be gravy.

Granted, when you’re this close, it’s tempting to risk pushing Strasburg to win it all. But why do it?If he gets hurt again, you’re back to square one.
Follow the plan for next year and the next to compete, even if there are no guarantees. The original plans were to win in 2013 anyway. Stay the Course.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 8 months ago

but there is no guarantee of 2013. Harper could have a sophmore slump, could be injuries, heck strasburg could get injured.

you atleast have a chance this year.

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Jeff R
2 years 8 months ago

Rosenthal needs to get over the Strasburg shutdown already… he got lit up in 2 of his last 3 starts, and if he had kept up that pace, there’s a chance they lose the division to the Braves… Zimmerman had his first bad start in over a month on Monday, let the postseason play out for more than 2 games… jackass

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slider32
2 years 8 months ago

Rosenthal is like most reporters, they ride a negative story, like beating a dead horse!

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2 years 8 months ago

Any report about the potential Wright deal I’ve seen is that the Mets are starting at $100 million – not that it’s their cap.

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slider32
2 years 8 months ago

Wright would be foolish not to go to free agency. He can play for a contender and get more money than the Mets are going to offer.

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2 years 8 months ago

If the team makes changes and the young guys coming up deliver then I don’t see how he’s being foolish to stay with the Mets exactly. People love to forget but the Mets were in contention for the first half of the year its not like they were in dead last for most of the year. Again the Mets aren’t far off they just need to improve the holes they have to turn it around already.