NL East Update: The one where Rodriquez is rewarded

Edwin Rodriquez isn’t going anywhere, thanks to the Florida Marlins removing the “interim” tag from his title.

Rodriquez took over for Fredi Gonzalez for the final 92 games of the season and broke even with a 46-46 record. It sounds like Rodriquez did a good enough job to stay with the team, there were no complaints from the front office or fans and the clubhouse seemed to be in check…what else can you ask for (other than wins)? He isn’t the type of manager that is going to come in and make the Marlins an immediate contender, but like the article said, this is just one less thing the team has to worry about as they enter their final year in Sun Life Stadium.

The Atlanta Braves and Frank Wren wasted no time getting down to business.

Picking up Omar Infante’s and Alex Gonzalez’s options are no surprise. Infante emerged as one of the leagues most valuable utility players and Gonzalez is an experienced veteran who knows the game inside and out. As for Scott Proctor, I have no idea what to expect. Several people say that he has “experience” due to his contributions to the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, both reaching the post-season during his tenures. He appeared in 6 games for Atlanta in 2010 but sported a 6.35 ERA during his brief appearance. I wouldn’t expect him to last the entire season.

Sandy Alderson is making some noise in Queens by picking up the $11 million option on Jose Reyes’ contract for 2011.

Smart move by the Mets. Every off-season there will be rumors about “breaking up the core” but honestly, I see Reyes and David Wright being in New York for at least another five years, no matter what happens. Keep in mind that Reyes has not been 100% healthy since the Mets were playing at Shea Stadium! Back in 2006, Reyes and Paul LoDuca were incredibly effective at the top of the lineup. Reyes would get on and LoDuca with his .318 batting average, would find a way to put him into scoring position. If Alderson can find a solid number two hitter, it would set the tone for the rest of the lineup. Maybe Angel Pagan can be that guy, but time will tell.

After four years in Philadelphia, first base coach Davey Lopes has decided not to return.

I don’t put much stock into the value of first base coaches, but the loss of Davey Lopes to the Philadelphia Phillies will definitely be a significant change for the team. For those who don’t remember, Lopes managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2000 to midway through the 2002 season posting a 144-195 record. Obviously that statistic isn’t anything too impressive but I wouldn’t be surprised if teams looking for a manager consider Lopes.

Is Adam Dunn’s poor defense the reason why the Nationals have not talked to him about a contract extension? Federal Baseball has the answer.

The article says Washington could be targeting Carlos Pena, who is an upgrade defensively and can hit for power…the only question is how often will he get hits? Pena went below the Mendoza line in 2010 with a .196 batting average. I don’t know about you, but I would rather have a defensively challenged first baseman who can put up a respectable .260 average and hit for power over someone who can barely make contact with the ball. Pena is just as much of a strikeout liability as Dunn. I just am not all that impressed by him.