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NL East Update: The one where Freeman gets no love

For some odd reason, people don’t seem to be jumping on the Freddie Freeman bandwagon yet.

You better get used to seeing those two young stars together. I have a feeling Freeman is going to have a breakout season in 2011 and will be in a Braves uniform for a long time. The Braves seem to have a knack for breeding young talent such as Chipper Jones, Tommy Hanson, and Jason Heyward, Freeman will be right there with them. Sure there will be some growing pains along the way but I think it would be best to start him from Opening Day forward, let him relax and ensure him that first base is his for the foreseeable future.

Its official, Jayson Werth has declined arbitration and will test the free agent waters.

I can only see Werth being a productive player for a contender. Mediocre teams should not be looking for him to come in and carry a team on his back. Like the article points out, Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia are all possible destinations, and all three teams are contenders. It will be interesting to see how much Werth gets on the open market. This years free agent class isn’t anything spectacular so the 31-year old will be one of the bigger names on the move.

Marlin Maniac compares the Javier Vazquez/John Buck duo to recently signed free agents Jon Garland and Yorvit Torrealba.

When comparing Vazquez and Garland, it’s a toss up. Both guys will be out there every five days and give you more than enough quality starts. Can’t fault the Marlins for going with Vazquez there. As for Buck and Torrealba, I would rather have Yorvit as my backstop for the time being. I just don’t expect Buck to replicate his success in 2010 in which he hit 20 home runs with 66 RBI. Not saying that Torrealba is a bigger threat with the bat because he isn’t, but his leadership behind the plate would have been a great asset to the young starters on Florida’s staff.

One things for certain, the Mets bullpen will be their biggest weakness in 2011.

It makes me very uncomfortable to have Pat Misch inherit the role of either Pedro Feliciano or Hisanori Takahasi and become a vital part of next season’s bullpen. I’m not expecting much from Mike O’Connor either, who appeared in 21 games in 2006 and 5 games in 2008, both for the Washington Nationals. As for Oliver Perez…after all this time, how is he still on a major league roster?

Nats320 had the privilege of sitting down with Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman who shared his thoughts on Adam Dunn, the Gold Glove voting results, and how to improve himself defensively.

Zimm truly is a class act. It’s hard to find guys like this, who make all their noise on the field without making a peep off it. I found his comments on Dunn interesting in saying “From spring training to the end of the season, I can honestly say that he is 10 times better at first base.” Not that that’s saying much, but it’s nice to hear Zimmerman campaign to bring Dunn back to DC.

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