Not to much going on, But I am keeping up with our Division

I know I haven’t been writing to much lately, but that is because of school. I probably won’t be blogging any during the next month, but I hope to get started again right before Spring Training comes around. Good thing that no big trades have been happening and the Yankees haven’t signed another big player. Once Manny and Dunn get signed, we will know who will be good and who will not. Anyways, I have been keeping up with the NL East. Here is all the signing, both Major League and Minor League.

Braves

Gained Javier Vazquez, Boone Logan, David Ross, Eric O’Flaherty, Greg Norton, Kenshin Kawakami, Derek Lowe, Yoshinori Yamarin, Alvin Colina, Lance Niekro, Moises Hernandez, J.C. Boscan, Jose Camarena, Joe Borchard, Reid Gorecki, Jerome Gamble


Lost Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Jon Gilmore, Santos Rodriguez, Chuck
James*, Eligio Lagua, Eliezer Murillo, Matt Timms, Tim Ladd, T.J. Wohlever, Mike Elkerson, Chad Maddox, Carl Loadenthal, Paul Bennett,  Jonathan Schuerholz


Phillies
Gained Raul Ibanez, Ronny Paulino, John Mayberry, Scott Eyre,
Chan Ho Park, Jamie Moyer, Yorman Bazardo, Yoel Hernandez, Justin Pope,
Jason
Mackintosh, Joshua Shortslef, Brian
Stavisky, Casey Craig, Kevin Mahar, Wilkin Ruan, Mike
Spidale, Rich Thompson, Gary Majewsk, Marcus Giles, Pablo Ozuna, Damon
Hollins, Kevin Nelson, Jorge Velandia, Jason Anderson, Dave Borkowski, Santos Hernandez, William Jackel, Steven Shepard, Jake Woods, Jason Ellison, Justin Lehr, Scott Mathieson, Blaine Neal, Terry Tiffee, Ozzie Chavez, J.J. Furmaniak, Chris Walker, Javis Diaz, Bobby Mosebach, John Suomi, Andy Tracy, Mike Cervenak, Pete Sikaras, Rob Watson, Orlando Guevara

Lost Greg Golson, Jason Jaramillo, Brett Harker, Ron Hill, Mike Eylward


Mets
Gained JJ Prutz, Francisco Rodriguez, Conner Robertson, Jeremy
Reed, Sean Green, Tim Redding, Alex Cora, Casey Fossum, Argenis Reyes,
Tom Martin, Cory Sullivan,  Freddy Garcia, Rob Mackowiak, Salvador Paniagua, Jason Cooper, Tim McNab, Omir Santos, Carl Loadenthal, John Madden, Darren O’Day, Rocky Cherry, Rene Rivera, Andy Green, Edgar Alfonzo, Adam Bostick, Jesus Feliciano, Kyle Snyder, Jon Switzer, Bobby Kielty, Tony Armas Jr, Matt De Savlvo, Valerio de los Santos, Frank Diaz, Oliver Perez

Lost Scott Schoeneweis, Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Mike Carp, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera, Jason Vargas, Jason Lavorgna, Michael Parker, Darren Clark, Olmedo Saenz


Nationals
Gained Scott Olsen, Josh Willingham, Bill Pena, Gregory Baez,
Freddie Bynum, Brad Eldred, Joel Guzman, Pete Orr, Matt Whitney, Ryan
Langerhans, Jorge Padilla, Mike Vento,
Bobby Brownlie, Preston Larrison, J.D. Martin, Ryan Wagner, Justin
Jones, Daniel Cabrera,  Jose Castillo, Corey Patterson, Gustavo Molina,
Jorge Sosa, Gustavo Chacin, Wilfredo Ledezma, Josh Towers, Chris Rivera, Gary Glover, Ricardo Nanita, Dan Leatherman, Jemel Spearman, Matt Avery, Steve Schmoll, Zach Segovia, Justin Jones, Ben Grezlovski, Alex Cintron, Javier Valentin

Lost Emilio Bonifacio, Tim Redding*, Jesus Colome,  John Poppert, Mason Smith, Luis Ortega, Josh Perrault, Moises Corporan, Ryan Harrison, Vic Cegles, Frank Cruz, Bryan Miller, Ryan Buchter


Marlins
Gained Emilio Bonifacio, Leo Nunez, Jose Ceda, Scott Proctor, Jay Gibbons, Jason Standridge, John Koronka, Kelly Shearer, Geraldo Valentin, Mike Wood, Andy Gonzalez, Brett Harker, Ron Hill, Ryan Klosterman, Zach Kroenke, Adalberto Mendez, Matt Craig, Brian Sanches, Chris de la Cruz, Kiko Calero, Jason Standridge, Matt Peterson 

Lost .Scott Olsen, Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs, Kevin Gregg, Joe Nelson*, Matt Yourkin, Juan Franco

*non-tendered and did not sign a new contract

My rankings for the offseason

1. Braves      A

2. Mets        A

3. Phillies      B

4. Nationals  C+

5. Marlins      D-

Darion

7 comments

  1. Darion

    Right now the Mets will win since they got all those bullpen pieces. Their bullpen was the reason that they didn’t make the playoffs last year and now that they have it they might just win. I think the Braves will be better than the Phillies. If we can get a power hitting outfielder and Frenchy bounces back (which I think he will), then I think we can win the division. If not that, then at least the Wild Card. The Phillies lost Utley for a couple of months are probably gonna replace him with Marcus Giles (former Brave). I don’t know how good he is anymore, but he won’t be great. Ibanez is not an upgrade over Burrell either. It’s not that they aren’t good anymore, it’s just everyone else has gotten a lot better. I also don’t see any great pitcher on their rotation except Hammels, who in my opinion is a top 10 in the game.

  2. hardballblog

    There were talks of Francoeur being traded to Kansas City for Zack Grienke but that never went through. I wouldn’t have been against the trade but I think Francoeur needs another year under his belt before he is shipped out for under performing. I think he can turn things around this year. If he doesn’t he can say hello to Kansas City because I don’t think anyone else would want him.
    http://hardballblog.mlblogs.com/

  3. Darion

    Yes I agree with Ben. If he can actually play this year, I say keep him. If he has another year like last year, even the Royals won’t want him. He is still young and is still capable of hitting .290 and hitting over 20 HRs with over 100 RBIs.
    If he can hit over .270 with over 20 HR’s and over 80 RBIs, then I say keep him. Or maybe ship him to KC to get Zack Grienke since I would enjoy having him.

  4. PWHjort

    The Mets and Phillies made their share of stupid moves this off-season. The Tim Redding move was RETARDED. The Phillies downgraded their LF position (Burrell to Ibanez) and paid Ibanez 3 years 30.5 million when Burrell signed with the Rays for 2 years 16 million. The Phillies’ rotation is still mediocre at BEST and the bullpen will take a hit with Romero out for 1/3 of the season. Also, Lidge may have gone 48/48 last year, but it wasn’t pretty at ALL, I can’t count the number of times he walked the bases loaded or gave up runs during his save opportunities. Not to say Gonzalez is better (I think Gonzo sucks), but there’s no way in hell Lidge goes anywhere CLOSE to perfect again. Then there’s the Mets and K-Rod. The Mets should’ve acquired Fuentes as opposed to K-Rod. Last year K-Rod’s velocity was down, his WHIP was up, his strikeouts were down, and his overall effectiveness was way down. He also blew 7 saves and by my calculation was only either the 4th or 5th best closer in the AL behind Rivera, Nathan, Soria, and possibly Papelbon. Fuentes would’ve been a much better acquisition for them. Also, Putz was rather ineffective last year, but I’ve got to say, he could be the best set-up man in the league next year. Anyway, I don’t think there’s any reason the Braves can’t win this division in 2009. Everyone has to stay healthy (pitching staff), and have solid years (Francoeur, Johnson, Kotchman), but if the stars align there’s no reason we can’t win this thing in 2009.

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