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NL East Update: The one where Jayson is not “Werth” it

Phillies Nation reflects on Jayson Werth’s tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies, as he will be a free agent at seasons end.

There is no question that the Phillies would not be who they are today if not for Werth. His presence has been just as important as Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins by fitting in perfectly with the Phillies system. This season has been a strange one for Werth, he began 2010 on a tear, but now with the season is winding down, it sounds like he could be running himself out of town. The interview with SI may be the last straw for fans with Werth. I guess all you can say is that it was nice while it lasted.

New York Mets GM, Omar Minaya, gives us the latest on the state of the franchise.

It’s the same old story with the Mets. To me there wasn’t anything in this update that surprises me. As much as Omar has done with the Mets, turning them from a mediocre team in 2005 to putting them on the map in 2006 and beyond, its just time for a new voice at the position. There is no doubt Minaya gets what he wants, Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, and Francisco Rodriquez were all the biggest names on the market and he managed to bring them to New York, but its been the smaller minor moves where he has failed. Omar has never been able to find great complimentary players that bring a winning attitude to the team. To be honest, R.A. Dickey may have been his greatest find.

Who could have predicted Omar Infante’s incredible success this season, arguably making him the team MVP.

Who needs Martin Prado or Chipper Jones when you have Omar Infante on your team? Infante is hitting .349 on the season, shattering his previous career high and career average. The only question surrounding Infante is if he can continue putting up these numbers in 2011 and beyond. Is he for real or is this just an aberration? Regardless, Infante will be key in Atlanta’s post-season run.

In a surprising move, the San Francisco Giants claimed outfielder Cody Ross off waivers from the Florida Marlins.

With the season ending injury to Chris Coghlan, I was sure Ross would stick with the Marlins. He has been a fan favorite, great defender, and has a high standing in the Marlin clubhouse. What’s most irritating for Marlins fans, other than the fact that he’s gone, is that they didn’t get anything in return. If they planned on shipping Ross out sometime during the season why didn’t they just do it before the July 31st trading deadline so they could at least get something in return? Another head scratching move made by Florida…what else is new?

SI.com’s Joe Posnanski talks with Federal Baseball regarding the latest injury to Stephen Strasburg.

I won’t lie, but this latest news with Strasburg makes me nervous, regardless of if he returns this season or not. Its become quite obvious that if healthy, Strasburg is one of the best pitchers in baseball, but with these two quick injuries coming one right after the other, I can’t help but shudder at the possibility of Strasburg becoming the next Mark Prior. Hopefully this will not be the case, but the Nationals need to recognize that they have a serious issue on their hands and one wrong move could cost the young Strasburg a hall of fame career.

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