Aside from the Mets, the rest of the division has not improved through trades or free agency.
As many of you know, I’m hard at work on a Phillies preview mag due out closer to the start of spring training. One of the holdups has been a lethargic market, which is preventing one of my writers from digging into his NL East preview with any certainty. The Mets are actively seeking help in their rotation and are likely to land someone at or close to the upper tier, but aside from that, I haven’t seen the rest of the East connected with a buzzworthy report in weeks. So I thought it was worth taking a look at what the division has done since September. Here are the new additions, including some minor resignings. Bear in mind a club like the Marlins, for example, could improve based on their youth and improved health, but as you can see, there’s generally nothin’ doin’.
Marlins: Acquired RHP Leo Nunez from the Royals for INF Mike Jacobs. Acquired RHP Jose Ceda from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for RHP Kevin Gregg. Acquired INF Emilio Bonifacio, RHP P.J. Dean and INF Jake Smolinski from the Washington Nationals in exchange for LHP Scott Olsen and OF Josh Willingham. Claimed LHP Dan Meyer off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. Signed INF Andy Gonzalez to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Braves: Claimed RHP Jairo Cuevas off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. Claimed LHP Eric O'Flaherty off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Signed C David Ross on a two-year contract. Acquired RHP Javier Vazquez and LHP Boone Logan from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for C Tyler Flowers, INFs Jonathan Gilmore and Brent Lillibridge and LHP Santos Rodriguez.
Nationals: Signed 1B Matthew Whitney to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Signed INF Pete Orr to a Minor League contract. Acquired LHP Scott Olsen and OF Josh Willingham from the Marlins in exchange for INF Emilio Bonifacio, RHP P.J. Dean and INF Jake Smolinski. Signed RHP Daniel Cabrera to a one-year contact. Signed INF Freddie Bynum, INF Brad Eldred, INF Joel Guzman, INF Pete Orr, INF Matt Whitney, OF Ryan Langerhans, OF Jorge Padilla, OF Mike Vento, RHP Bobby Brownlie, RHP Preston Larrison, RHP J.D. Martin, RHP Ryan Wagner and LHP Justin Jones to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
Mets: Acquired RHP Connor Robertson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for LHP Scott Schoeneweis. Signed RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a three-year contract. Acquired RHP J.J. Putz, RHP Sean Green and OF Jeremy Reed from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Aaron Heilman, OF Endy Chavez, LHP Jason Vargas, INF Mike Carp, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto. Signed C Rene Rivera to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.