We will continue today with “Marlins Way”:A Look Around the League. This is being posted on its usual day. Look for this segment to be up every Saturday. Let us get started. We will be starting a new look format on this from now on.
- Television network MASN and the Washington Nationals are re-negotiating their current TV deal.
- The Nationals are looking like the favorites currently to land slugger first baseman Prince Fielder. The Nationals lineup would be a force to reckon with if they did land Fielder. MarlinManiac is personally hoping that either the Miami Marlins jump in or the Texas Rangers land him.
- The Nationals are still searching for a center fielder. That may take priority over Prince Fielder right now. Aaron Somers on DistrictonDeck takes a look at the Nationals options.
- The Nationals and newly acquired Miami citizen Gio Gonzalez reached a contract extension.
- RantSports tells us why Bryce Harper should be apart of the 2012 Washington Nationals team.
- Remember that dream team quote that got another Philadelphia team in a lot of trouble? Apparently that did not scare Hunter Pence from making a bold statement.
- The Phillies just inked pitcher Joel Pinero to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation Spring Training.
- I recently wrote about Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels being a major target for the Marlins in 2013. The Phillies resigned Hamels to a 1-year contract worth $15 million. The Phillies focus will now switch to signing Hamels to an extension otherwise he will hit free agency next winter.
- You want more proof that the Phillies extending Ryan Howard was a bad idea? John Stolnis of That Balls Outta Here provides the proof here.
- Ryan Howard’s injury will keep him out for a while. In the mean time, the Phillies need to fill his shoes. Can Jim Thome play first base for the Phillies in 2012?
- Some sad news to report. Hall of Famer Gary Carter has new brain tumors. MarlinManiac wishes Mr. Carter the best. We wish him a quick and full recovery.
- Eric Holden of Yahoo! Sports takes a look at how good of a fit that Jamie Moyer would have been on the New York Mets.
- Last off season, Mets General Manager only handed out one multi-year deal. That was disastrous. Matt Kaufman of Rising Apple takes a look at what the Mets can do with D.J. Carrasco going forward.
- Also from Rising Apple, Ben Berkon takes a look at some mediocre Mets, which recently, the team has been full of. One of those include Karim Garcia.
- Are you a betting person? If the Mets were somehow able to win the NL East and you picked them, you would win a whole lot of money. Matt Kaufman takes a look at what has to go wrong for the Mets to contend.
- Carlos Collazo of Tomahawktake takes a look at the possibility of the Braves holding onto Jair Jurrjens and how that would help the team in the second half of the season.
- The Baseball Show is an interesting podcast, hosted by Clint Evans of TomaHawkTake Mike Rosenbaum of The Golden Sombrero and M.J. Lloyd of Halo Hangout and Off Base Percentage. Check it out if you get a chance.
- The Atlanta Braves minor league system is a lot deeper then the Marlins, and it is not even close. The Braves have a lot of minor league pitching depth that the Marlins lack. Carlos Collazo takes a look at the top 10 Atlanta Braves prospects of 2012.
- I have to give credit to Braves GM Frank Wren. He has not overreacted to a horrible September and kept a very talented Braves roster intact. Wren is confident in the Braves ability to bounce back. However, if the Marlins add Yoennis Cespedes and the Nationals Prince Fielder, it would be hard to say that the Braves are clearly the second best team in the division.
- Apparently the Marlins are not the only NL East team that will present brand new jerseys in 2012. The Atlanta Braves new alternative jerseys apparently have been leaked. They look good in my opinion.
Rest of the MLB
- A big named free agent first baseman has signed in Florida. Sorry Marlins fans, I am talking about Carlos Pena signing a 1-year $7.25 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Identity fraud has become a new trend in baseball. First we had Leo Nunez, who really was Juan Carlos Oviedo, and now we have Fausto Carmona, who turns out to be really Roberto Hernandez Hereida.
- The Cleveland Indians are concerned about what happens in case Carmona cannot pitch in 2012, to ensure that they will be fine, they traded for Kevin Slowey.
Topics: Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Cole Hamels, D.J. Carrasco, Gary Carter, Gio Gonzalez, Hunter Pence, Jair Jurrjens, Jamie Moyer, Jim Thome, Joel Pinero, Karim Garcia, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phiilies, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, Washington Nationals, Yoennis Cespedes