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NL East Notes: Mets dead arms, Barry Bonds, Phillies swear jar

The latest news from around the National League East.

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The Mets bullpen, which is one major concern heading into the 2016 season, is looking a bit worrisome with only a week to go until the regular season. Manager Terry Collins says that he attributes this to a little dead arm period, and that it is something they are keeping an eye on. Closer Jeurys Familia rebounded from a blown save with a scoreless inning yesterday, giving some glimmer of hope.

More news from around the National League East:

  • Inter-division trade! The Nationals traded bench bat Tyler Moore to the Braves in return for 29-year-old first-baseman Nate Freiman. It was a rather stressful week for Moore, who was placed on waivers and then moved to Triple-A before this trade.
  • Speaking of the Braves, they made another move Sunday when the got former bullpen arm Eric O'Flaherty back in a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Barry Bonds is already making a huge impact as a rookie hitting coach, by preaching selflessness to the Marlins hitters, writes Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Bonds is telling his guys to not waste at-bats and to remember that they don't have to be a hero, the guy behind them in the order can pick them up. Bonds is back in the limelight of the baseball world, so it will be interesting to see how this stint as hitting coach goes.
  • The Phillies have a swear jar, sort of. Manager Pete Mackanin wants the team to focus on the little things, so he is fining them 50 cents at a clip if they make those little mistakes. He used not getting a bunt down, not hustling and missing a cut off man as examples. And everyone has to pay the 50 cents. So far the jar is closing in on $1,000, which Mackanin said will like go to the Baseball Assistance Team.