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NL East Update: The one where an Uggla extension isn’t that attractive

Marlin Maniac gives his take on why a Dan Uggla extension would be a mistake.

Uggla is without question one of the top hitting second basemen in the league, as for his fielding…thats another story. I have to disagree with Marlin Maniac when he says that “Dan Uggla cannot be considered a cornerstone of a franchise in the same lines as Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson.” Sure he is not a player you would necessarily want to pick first in your fantasy draft but I would consider him a “core” player that you would want with your team for several years. He can still be a valuable asset for anyone for the next five seasons.

Mets Blog gives us the latest on the state of the franchise.

There is no doubt that this season has been up and down for the Mets and clearly, there in the midst of one of their down swings. Is it just me or have things just not felt right ever since the return of Carlos Beltran? I’m not trying to throw Beltran under the bus or anything, but is it possible that he ruined some of the chemistry this team once had? The Mets have now fell into third place behind the Braves and Phillies, and their record is creeping closer to .500 as they currently are at 50-47. The team can only hope to get someone before the deadline to give them a boost.

After a disappointing first half, the Phillies have fired their hitting coach, Milt Thompson.

Interesting move, but I can understand why they did it, that’s just part of the game. The team hasn’t been healthy all year but that shouldn’t be an excuse for the poor performance. Jayson Werth started out as one of the hottest players in the league but is now on the trading block batting .280 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI, at that pace he will end up short of last years 36 homers and 99 RBI. Its amazing how their offense has fallen to one of the worst in the NL this season, the numbers don’t lie, it was time to make a change.

In a recent audio blog, Braves Blast gives his thoughts on the possibility of Atlanta acquiring Cody Ross.

For some reason, the idea of Cody Ross in a Braves uniform just seems right. He can hit, field, and do a lot more then what Nate McClouth and Melky Cabrera have done all season. Ross would stabilize an outfield that already has Matt Diaz and rookie sensation Jason Heyward. He also has plenty of NL East experience, having been with the Marlins the last five seasons. Unfortunately, Ross picked a bad time to have a mid-season slump. Since the All-Star break he is batting just .172, with his one extra base hit being a home run.

Rumors surrounding the possible acquisition of Edwin Jackson for the Nationals are heating up again.

Jackson has had a hard time finding a home in recent years, he has been with three different teams in three years. Its not that he’s been bad, he’s just a little inconsistent, you never know what you’re going to get. After going 5-15 in 2007, he broke out with a 14-11 record in 2008 during a magical season with the Rays. This season he has an unimpressive 6-9 record with a 5.01 ERA, but he did throw a 149-pitch no-hitter where he walked eight. Jackson would be a solid pickup for a Nationals staff that clearly is in desperate need for some more arms.

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