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NL East: Mets AFL team showing promise despite obvious speed bump

See all the news and rumors swirling around the National League East

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Before you do anything else, just look at this. Terry Francona’s approach to the ALCS camera crew should be your approach to the haters today.

You may carry on.

Antonio Brown paid tribute to Jose Fernandez with customized cleats he debuted against the Dolphins on Sunday and I’m not crying you’re crying. The Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton go together like peanut butter and jelly (or Nutella, if you’re against gelatinous fruit), so to think of the team without him would be silly. Or would it be? Could trading Stanton be in the cards for the Marlins moving forward?

“Trust me, I know how difficult it is to see Stanton's name and the word "trade" in the same sentence. However, at the end of the day, this is a business, and if something happens in the near future that forces Jeffrey Loria's hand, Stanton is a candidate for negotiations.

Although he has put up great numbers since debuting in 2010, Stanton has been somewhat injury prone throughout his career. There was the knee surgery in 2012, which was followed by a hamstring injury the 2013 season. Obviously, the injury he suffered in 2014 from a pitching hitting him square in the cheek was a freak accident, but he followed that up by only appearing in 74 games in 2015 as a result of a broken hand occurring in late June.”

For those Mets fans who are really, truly, honestly pulling for Tebow, I have some bad news: he’s 0-9 in the AFL and has a pretty poor baseball instinct. However, if you’re pulling for the Mets minor leaguers who’ve never been quarterbacks in the NFL, the prognosis is a little better. Scottsdale is doing pretty well and 2B/SS Gavin Cecchini is setting himself apart from the pack. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed tightly.

The Atlanta Braves need a lot of things, but pitching is probably the most dire. And they’re not particularly open to trades to fill that void. With the fruits of the rebuild will we see in 2017?

Here’s a little sunshine for the Phillies. The arbitration projections are here and a handful of players could have raises in store. Check out the numbers game here, and let us know what you think about this rousing game of lawyer BINGO.

Wilson Ramos has undergone ACL surgery and the recover doesn’t look pretty. Rehab will take 6-8 months, so Ramos definitely won’t be ready for the beginning of the 2017 Nationals season. Ramos is also a free agent once the last out of the World Series is made, so it’s tough to say if there will even be a team for him to sit on the DL for.