Here's the latest out of the busy National League East this morning:
- Roy Oswalt could be a fit for the Phillies at mid-season, and a source tells Todd Zolecki of mlb.com that Oswalt would be interested.
- The Good Phight suggests that Jimmy Rollins' dropping BABIP over the last several seasons could be a result of leg injuries.
- Rich Coutinho of CBS New York thinks Jason Bay could do well with Citi Field's new dimensions.
- Jason Bay will account for 18% of the New York Mets payroll for 2012, according to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal: In addition to being owed $16 million in 2013, Bay has a $17 million club option for 2014 that will become guaranteed if he reaches 600 plate appearances in 2013 or has at least 500 plate appearances in both 2012 and 2013.
- The Judge in the Mets/Wilpon/Madoff case will decide by March 5th whether or not to let it go forward or to toss the case before it begins.
- Cole Hamels of the Phillies told Jon Heyman why he wouldn't play for the Padres, saying, "why would i want to go where fans only support you from the 3rd inn. thru the 6th?''
- Cody Ross told Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com that his pay while he was a 0-3 player increased his willingness to go to arbitration, which he won against the team in 2010. The report suggests the Marlins' policy of paying all 0-3 players will increase the number of players willing to go to arbitration.
- Both of these just went up this morning, but the Ryan Zimmerman/Nationals extension appears close, and there's a weird verbal dust-up happening with Mike Minor and the Braves.