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NL East Notes: Pierzynski retiring, Phillies offseason

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The latest news from around the National League East.

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

So following Saturday’s game, a weird report surfaced that said that Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski was retiring. Not retiring at the end of the season. No, retiring at that given moment.

Then the story totally flipped. Pierzynski is not retiring. At least not yet. A report of him handing out cigars to everybody apparently didn’t happen; although pitcher Julio Teheran did last month for his son that was born.

More from around the National League East:

  • The Phillies are going to have some options this offseason, with a rather empty payroll. Their offense needs help, and a recent report says that they may just look to add veteran bats to their lineup.
  • For the first time in more than a month on Friday, A.J. Ramos picked up a save. Despite that, he is still feeling the fractured knuckle on his middle finger.
  • Trea Turner is undergoing a power surge as a big leaguer, but it doesn’t surprise him.
  • Turner Field has not been too kind to the Mets. They finished their hate-filled relationship with that stadium taking two out of three from the Braves. For a team that is trying to stay in the playoff hunt, their upcoming series is the real test.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Washington 85-58 — GB

NY Mets 76-67 9.0 GB

Miami 71-72 14.0 GB

Philadelphia 63-80 22.0 GB

Atlanta 55-88 30.0 GB