NL East Update: The one where Infante is alright

Marlin Maniac has made a startling discovery. Omar Infante is actually a decent player!

Of course Florida got the weaker end of the deal that sent Infante and Mike Dunn to the Marlins in exchange for Dan Uggla, but that would have been the case no matter where Uggla went. That being said, Infante is not as big of a downgrade as people may think. His defensive versatility is a manager’s dream, having logged significant amount of innings in the outfield, third base, second base, and shortstop. Lets hope that new acquired John Buck and 21-year old Mike Stanton can make up for Uggla’s power.

The Boston Red Sox were working hard to acquire Carlos Beltran before “settling” with Carl Crawford.

This all but assures us that Beltran will be a Met next season. The Mets really don’t have anything to lose by holding onto him. He has no value right now and its not like the team is expected to do well so he won’t be a liability if the team is winning. If the Mets do end up winning some games it will probably be in large part to Carlos Beltran. Also, Beltran will have something to prove, and if he plays well enough, maybe the Mets can ship him off somewhere if they can get something good in return.

Baseball America has revealed its list of top 10 Phillies prospects, and for the third consecutive year, Domonic Brown takes the top spot.

The way Baseball America has been hyping up Brown you would think he’s the second coming of Alex Rodriquez. I have confidence Brown will be a good player, but I also don’t think he’s going to blow anyone away with his power numbers. Just expect a solid player who will always hit for average. With the type of pitchers they have in their rotation, its amazing Brown is one of the few prospects to stay in the organization.

After a “historically bad” season in Los Angeles, George Sherrill has signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Sherrill is the perfect example of how you just never know what you’re going to get from relievers. In 2009 Sherrill had a 2.40 ERA with the Baltimore Orioles before being dealt to the Dodgers where he posted a remarkable 0.65 ERA in 30 games. What a difference a year makes. His line for 2010 was a 2-2 record with a 6.69 ERA. It surprised me to see that after a year like that, he can find a deal worth $1.2 million. Whether or not he finds success next year is up in the air.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is in no rush to find a new first baseman.

If it came down to Adam LaRoche or Derrek Lee, I would much rather have LaRoche. I feel Lee’s best years are behind him and that last years struggles will continue into next season, even if he is fully recovered from his thumb injury. LaRoche on the other hand, is in the midst of his prime and has remained relatively healthy throughout his career. I would imagine LaRoche has at least five more quality years left in the league. He looks like the safer bet.