NL East Update: The one where “the ageless wonder” is human after all

Sad news out of the Dominican Republic where Jamie Moyer’s 24 year career may have come to an end.

I don’t know what sticks out to me more in this story, that Moyer’s career is likely over, or that Moises Alou is the teams GM and manager. His career in Philadelphia was likely done anyway…how attractive can a 48-year old pitcher be anyway? GM Ruben Amaro will be looking for a new starting pitcher this winter but don’t expect it to be Cliff Lee. I think Jon Garland would be a nice pickup for anyone; he is an innings eater and has started at least 32 games each year since 2001.

Word around the Mets is that Terry Collins is the front-runner for becoming the team’s next manager.

I am not too familiar with Collins but from what I’ve learned from various articles, I cannot understand why he would be the front-runner other than the fact that he was the minor league field coordinator last season for New York. Anytime a team petitions for their manager to get fired raises a red flag. He doesn’t have the best reputation with players and he has yet to prove himself a “winner” as a major league manager. How can that formula succeed with the Mets?

Dan Uggla says “no thanks” to the Marlins four-year, $48 million extension.

Can’t say that I’m surprised here. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if Uggla returned to Florida, he still would have been one of the most productive second basemen in the league, but this almost assures us that he will be with another team in 2011. Uggla probably just wants out of Florida and it’s easy to see why. They get rid of his best friend, Cody Ross, for nothing, and Ross goes on to win the World Series and picks up the NLCS MVP honor in the process. All baseball players want to play for a championship, and the Marlins aren’t giving him that opportunity. Better to get out now before his window closes.

Derrek Lee, the free agent first baseman who came to the Braves in a mid-season trade with the Chicago Cubs last season, has had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Although Lee is expected to be ready by spring training, this news definitely will turn some teams off. The Braves are ready to tab top prospect Freddie Freeman at first base so they are not looking to bring Lee back. Freeman tore through the minors and had a cup of coffee with Atlanta late in the season. Believe it or not, Freeman is a month younger than Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Heyward, giving the Braves stability on the right side of the field for years to come.

Assuming Adam Dunn doesn’t return to our nations capital and the Nationals don’t want to spend on a free agent first baseman, is catching prospect Derrick Norris a realistic option to fill the hole?

I don’t think there is anyway Washington would consider doing this, but it is a fun scenario to think about. If I had to guess, Carlos Pena will end up with the Nats because the team wants an upgrade defensively at first base. Nationals fans have been hearing a lot about Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos, but don’t forget about Norris, he has the potential to make a lot of noise in the minors this season.