NL East Update: The one where Andruw returns?

Center field has Braves fans worried. Could Andruw Jones be the answer?

This is an interesting consideration. Jones will only be 34 next season, but he has definitely shown some signs of breaking down the past few years. I still think Jones has the ability to hit for 20 home runs and 60 RBI, but it will be a tall task. He has never been one to hit for average but the power has always been there. I think Andruw would be rejuvenated with his old club. He is a cheap option that has a huge upside.

When will Johan Santana return to the Mets in 2011? Metsblog has some insight.

I think the All-Star Break is a reasonable time period for his return. If he is starting a throwing program by January, I can’t imagine him being sidelined for a significant time after that. The guy is a competitor and will do anything to get back on the field. If the Mets are struggling, Santana’s return won’t mark a mid-season turnaround for the club, but he will bring some buzz back to Citi Field every five days when he’s on the mound.

The Marlins have done a majority of their off-season shopping, but what will they do with center field?

It would seem as though the Marlins have a lot of thinking to do with how to address center field, but they are pretty content with having Chris Coghlan out there everyday. My gut feeling is that Coghlan will have a stint or two to the disabled list, so they should have an immediate backup plan of that should happen.

Every team has to have their left-handed specialist, and the Phillies got theirs by bringing back J.C. Romero.

I have always liked Romero, and applaud Philadelphia for reaching an agreement with him. What impresses me the most about him is that in 13 post-season appearances with the Phillies, he has only given up one earned run, and that came against the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 NLDS. The Phillies will be playing in October in 2011 and they will be happy to have a reliever with a good track record to depend on.

Teddy Never Wins gives his take on the Carl Pavano situation, and what it would take for the pitcher to come back to the franchise that broke him into the league.

Pavano is holding out for a three-year contract but quite honestly, I would not feel comfortable with having that burden on my team. Pavano had an impressive 2010, but I think his attitude is not something the Nationals need in their clubhouse at this time. Pavano is the type of guy who plays for himself, not his team. How can that be good for a young team trying to get confidence and become a contender?’

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