NL East Update: The one where its no Minor walk on the Beach

Who should be the fifth starter for the Atlanta Braves, Mike Minor or Brandon Beachy?

There is not enough evidence for the two for me to make a logical decision, its one of those matters that will have to be dealt with during Spring Training. Whoever wins the job is going to have performed well enough to make Freddi Gonzalez feel confident going into the season. Hopefully either Minor or Beachy can carry the momentum into the regular season.

Former Met and current Royal, Jeff Francoeur thinks that Citi Field is a joke.

I’ve never had a problem with Francoeur because despite his obvious struggles with the Mets, he always had a great attitude. Obviously Citi Field isn’t the ideal hitting ballpark, but seriously, don’t blame your rocky tenure in New York on the stadium when it didn’t work out in Atlanta or Texas either.

The Florida Marlins have avoided arbitration with Anibal Sanchez and Clay Hensley to one-year deals.

Sanchez had a strong year in 2010, in which he made a career high 32 starts, his previous high was 17 back in 2006. Sanchez has shown that he is extremely vulnerable to injury throughout his career, but when healthy, he is just as good as anyone. Hensley had a great year out of the bullpen sporting a 2.16 ERA in 68 games and 75.0 innings pitched. Can he prove to the Marlins front office that he deserved his large pay increase?

A common headline among MLB teams in recent weeks…the Philadelphia Phillies and Kyle Kendrick have avoided arbitration and agreed on a one-year $2.45 deal.

Kendrick could be the fifth starter for the “Big Four”. For some reason I feel like he hasn’t earned the trust of Phillie fans, maybe because he will always be remembered for this. Or maybe its because of his .288 career BAA, a remarkably high number for a starting pitcher. We’ve all been waiting for him to take the next step, but has he reached his ceiling? If not, he can learn a few things from the other guys in the rotation.

The Washington Nationals have a lot of young studs at the backstop, not to mention a future Hall of Famer in Ivan “Pudge” Rodriquez, what’s a team to do with so much talent?

The days of the Josh Bard/Wil Nieves platoon seem long ago. I think it comes down to Wilson Ramos and Derrick Norris to try and win the job for the future simply because Jesus Flores is taking too long to develop. It will be interesting to see how GM Mike Rizzo handles the situation heading into the regular season.