Winter Meetings: NL East Team Goals
With the Winter Meetings underway and teams discussing free agents and trade options, let’s take a look at NL East teams’ goals to accomplish at the meetings:
Braves: A.J. Pollock
The Braves are a young competitive team that arrived prior than what anyone anticipated and could look to make a splash and once again contend in 2019. With Nick Markakis a free agent, and a reunion unlikely, the Braves could look for an upgrade at the position. How about A.J. Pollock, who when healthy is an All Star caliber player and can be a nice complement to NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr.
Marlins: Stop stalling, move Realmuto
The Miami Marlins have since traded arguably their best three players in Giancarlos Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. And J.T. Realmuto could and should be next. After receiving “sub-par” trade pieces for their former All Star outfield, Realmuto is sure to net a prized collection of prospects and Marlins’ management is smart to hold off until they get their over-the-top haul. But what if the Marlins take too long, and wait out for a package they wont ever get (Fernando Tatis Jr. from Padres) and start losing leverage? The Marlins would be wise to move Realmuto sooner than later, as they’ll have no shortage of trade partners for the 27-year old backstop.
Mets: Add bullpen help
The Mets traded for Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, and look prime to contend in the NL East. With rumors tying the Mets to outfielder A.J. Pollock, and Marlins’ catch Realmuto, the Mets should focus on bridging the gap between their rotation and Diaz. And with several options available on the free agent market, David Robertson, Andrew Miller, Adam Ottavino, amongst others, the Mets should come away with at least one of those arms.
Phillies: Sign Harper AND a Starter
The Phillies are a young team with money to spend and a hunger to win after signing Carlos Santana and Jake Arrieta last offseason. Although the former has since been traded for Jean Segura, along with prospect J.P. Crawford, the Phillies do not look to be done yet as they have been linked to big name free agents: Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Dallas Keuchel. But the trade for Segura could make Machado a lesser need, and allow the Phillies to focus on Bryce Harper and shoring up the rotation behind Aaron Nola and Arrieta. The Phillies could look to sign both Harper and a starter (Kuechel, Happ, Morton) and come away as offseason winners after the winter meetings.
Nationals: Add a LH bat
After adding Patrick Corbin on a six-year, $140 million deal, a reunion between Bryce Harper and the Nationals looks less likely and adding a left bat to the lineup looks like a priority. With limited options available, could the Nationals look to bring back Daniel Murphy on a 1-year deal? Or could they look to make a move on the trade market?
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