Getting some nice action in the National League East over the past 24 hours. Here's the latest:
Atlanta Braves Re-sign Mejia And Flande, Add Russell, Rice, And Sutton - Talking Chop
"The Atlanta Braves have re-signed first baseman Ernesto Mejia and left handed pitcher Yohan Flande to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training. The team has also signed right handed pitchers Adam Russell and Jason Rice and infielder Drew Sutton to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training."
NY Mets sign former pitching prospect Adam Loewen to minor league deal... - NY Daily News
"With the Mets, he joins Daniel Murphy, Vinny Rottino and Queens product Mike Baxter as outfield bench options. The team has not ruled out re-signing Nick Evans, but he recently declared free agency, and is exploring other options. Endy Chavez and Rick Ankiel (another pitching phenom-turned-outfielder) are among the free agent outfielders the Mets are considering. The team must also decide next month whether to tender a contract to centerfielder Angel Pagan, and is open to re-signing Willie Harris and Scott Hairston."
Left-hander Wade LeBlanc helps give Miami Marlins much needed pitching depth - The Palm Beach Post
"The Marlins hope to acquire another lefty — either Mark Buehrle or C.J. Wilson, who will visit Miami on Monday. But for now they’re happy to get LeBlanc, even though there’s a chance he won’t open the season with the big-league team."
- Fine print of new labor agreement - Adam Rubin
"If the Mets hoped to exploit their large-market status by going "over slot" for draft-pick signings and by spending a lot in the international amateur market (Dominican Republic/Venezuela), that became far more difficult with the new stipulations that look to balance the playing field between large- and small-market teams."
- Jose Reyes finishes 11th in MVP voting - Adam Rubin
"Ryan Braun captured the 2011 NL Most Valuable Player award, with Jose Reyes the lone Met to appear in the voting results, at 11th place."
- Mets uncommitted after 2013? Not so fast - Adam Rubin
"A large percentage of the Mets' payroll will be concentrated in Johan Santana and Jason Bay through 2013, but those obligations could extend to the following season as well."
Wiggington Trade Likely Takes Phillies out of Running for Cuddyer - Olney
"The Phillies' trade for Ty Wigginton -- in which the Colorado Rockies will eat half of Wigginton's $4 million salary -- may well end Philadelphia's push for Michael Cuddyer. Wigginton can help fill in at first in the first half of the year when Ryan Howard will be out, and he can play third and second and be an occasional fill-in in the outfield."