NL East Report: Greinke To Braves Heating Up, Marlins Want A Lot For Johnson, Nats Looking At Scutaro, Lee Is Staying In Philly
The NL East Report is published every Friday and takes a look at the other teams in the division. The reports covers the latest news and notes, injuries and transactions, divisional records versus the Mets, and updated NL East Standings.
News And Notes
Atlanta Braves: The Braves have agreed to sign Miguel Batista after the Mets released the 41-year-old right-hander yesterday. Batista posted a 4.82 ERA in 46 2/3 innings for the Mets this year. Ryan Dempster exercised his 10-and-5 rights and vetoed a deal that would have sent him to the Braves, after which Theo Epstein reportedly was livid when the deal with the Braves fell through. The Cubs felt they had made a tremendous deal getting Randall Delgado for essentially a two-to-three month rental. Zack Greinke is all but gone and most believe he will be a Brave before Sunday.
Miami Marlins: After Miami completed one trade Monday that shipped Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers, speculation was already running rampant that more moves would soon follow. Marlins fans didn’t have to wait long, as the team completed another big trade late Tuesday that shipped longtime face of the franchise Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. The Marlins are looking for a Mark Teixeira-like package for Josh Johnson according to Jon Heyman. They seeks at least three good young pieces for the right-hander and the Blue Jays, Rangers, Angels and Orioles all are interested.
Philadelphia Phillies: Jon Heyman says that Cliff Lee isn’t going anywhere.Ruben Amaro has no intentions of breaking up his big three; Lee, Hamels, and Halladay. Having placed Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with lower back inflammation, the Phillies have called up infielder Kevin Frandsen from Triple A Lehigh Valley. Frandsen was hitting .302 in 91 games with one home run and 33 RBI, 34 doubles, and a .733 OPS in 391 at-bats. He’s hitting .311 in his last 10 games (14-for-45) and was hitting lefties at a .345 clip (39-for-113) with an .845 OPS.
Washington Nationals: In the last seven games, Davey Johnson’s rotation has produce seven consecutive quality starts having never allowed more than two earned runs. They’ve scored an average of 5.7 runs per game. They’ve increased their lead in the NL East to five games. They sit 20 games above .500 for the first time since the franchise arrived in Washington. And, at 59-39, they own the best record in baseball along with the New York Yankees. With the trade deadline just a few days away and shortstop Ian Desmond out until at least until the end of August, Washington has reportedly shifted their focus towards acquiring some much needed middle infield depth and have set their sights on Marco Scutaro.
NL East Standings
New York Mets
* Team is currently in line for a wild card spot.
The report only contains updates.
Atlanta Braves: Matt Diaz (right thumb contusion) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 21. Peter Moylan (right shoulder surgery) pitched 1.1 innings in a Double-A rehab game on July 24. Jack Wilson (dislocated right pinky finger) went 1-4 in first Triple-A rehab game on July 23.
Miami Marlins: Josh Johnson (skin irritation on right middle finger) is day to day after leaving a game after six innings on July 23. Juan Oviedo (UCL sprain in right elbow) is expected to miss the rest of the season as of July 23. Giancarlo Stanton (recovery from right knee surgery) should return approximately two weeks from July 25 barring a setback.
New York Mets: Mike Baxter (displaced right collarbone) is expected to return from the disabled list on July 30. Frank Francisco (left oblique strain, right knee) is scheduled to make his second rehab appearance for Double-A Binghamton on July 27. Johan Santana (sprained right ankle, shoulder fatigue) is scheduled to resume throwing off a mound the week of July 29.
Philadelphia Phillies: Placido Polanco (lower back inflammation) was placed on the disabled list on July 26, retroactive to July 23. Brian Schneider (high right ankle sprain) went 1-3 in first Class A Advanced rehab game on July 24. Raul Valdes (right hip sprain) was scheduled to begin Double-A rehab stint on July 25.
Washington Nationals: Ian Desmond (torn left oblique) was placed on the disabled list on July 23 retoractive to July 22. Chad Tracy (right groin tear) played DH and went 0-3 with one walk in his second Triple-A rehab game on July 25. Chien-Ming Wang (hip strain) threw 6.1 scoreless innings in his Double-A rehab start on July 23. Jayson Werth (fractured left wrist) played RF and went 0-3 with two walks in his third Triple-A rehab game on July 25.
Upcoming Weekend Schedule
Now, let’s take a look at the upcoming series for these teams:
Atlanta Braves VS Philadelphia Phillies
Miami Marlins VS San Diego Padres
New York Mets @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Washington Nationals @ Milwaukee Brewers