Thursday, January 31, 2013

Offseason Recovery: NL East

The MLB has been out of playing since October and the trades and free agents being grabbed by teams is insane. So I'm going to catch you up.

The biggest trade of the off season was Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves "Block Buster" trade. Including former Braves all around infielder and number 2 hitter Martin Prado. Prado hit over .300 last year and he will be playing for the D-Backs with a 40 million dollar contract for 4 years. People also involved with the trade include all-star center fielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson who is replacing the retired Chipper Jones.

Also Micheal Bourne will not play for the Braves next season and he remains on the market. Also the Phillies have been wild with activity including the findings of Carlos Ruiz used drugs to help with his illness causing him to have trouble staying put. Plus the Phillies will be having a brand new outfield with second year player Darren Ruf who will play left field, newly signed Delmon Young and Ben Revere will be starting. Young in right field and Revere in center field.

The Nationals have suffered a severe the loss of a great young pitcher, Gio Gonzalez. Gio has been caught with PED's and has been suspended. To add to the talent of this they have recruited Rafael Soriano, former closer of the Yankees and Rays. They also have managed to get Denard Span a former outfielder for the Twins.

The final two teams in the NL East are the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets. This Mets team has been quiet and the only big move for the Mets was John Buck coming to play catcher. He is coming to play from Miami. The biggest moves for the Marlins was Jaun Pierre and Placido Polanco both coming from Philadelphia. Jaun Pierre played extremly well and I was shocked he would be let go after he hit .308 for the Phillies. Polanco did not have a good year last year, but he is a great fielder and he his a career .299 hitter.

I believe it's going to be a great year for this division.

By David B.

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