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NL East Update: The one where the Marlins move to Miami

Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet the Miami Marlins…

My first reaction to this logo was…seriously? It’s almost as ugly as the one the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled out a few years ago. The Marlins are going through a complete rebranding in time for their new stadium set to open next year. This will include a new name, logo, uniforms, and colors. I don’t know about you, but when I think of the Marlins, I think of teal and an empty Pro Player Stadium, I’m going to miss those days…just kidding.

According to sources, the slumping Boston Red Sox were trying to pry Chris Capuano from the New York Mets, but the talks have seemingly died.

Capuano would be a nice addition to the Red Sox who are looking everywhere for answers. However, the left-hander wouldn’t be eligible for their post-season roster so really what’s the point? Capuano has shown that he is worth extending. His numbers tell the story, what you see is what you get. He is an average starter who can give you flexibility out of the bullpen if needed.

With their fifth consecutive National League East title secured, the Philadelphia Phillies have lost five games in a row and are showing signs of weakness heading into the post-season.

I’m not too worried about their recent struggles, but the article clearly shows that teams who are hot at the end of the season are more likely to be the last ones standing. Its almost as if the Red Sox collapse has overshadowed the Phillies recent rut, as it should since Philadelphia has already clinched a playoff berth, but the Phillies woes shouldn’t be overlooked. It will be interesting to see how they respond and overcome it.

The Atlanta Braves have relied heavily on their three young studs in the bullpen, but are Craig Kimbrel, Eric O’Flaherty, and Jonny Venters running out of gas down the stretch?

I don’t think Fredi Gonzalez has overworked his bullpen at all this season. If you have one of the more dependable bullpens in the game you’d be crazy not to use it. However you have to wonder how the trifecta will perform on the games biggest and brightest stage, especially given their recent up and down performances.

Danny Espinosa and Wilson Ramos have had a lot on their plate in their rookie seasons. How does Davey Johnson think the two fared?

I can’t say enough about how Espinosa and Ramos performed this season. Espinosa nearly played in all 162 games at second base and the Ivan Rodriquez to Ramos transition couldn’t have gone any smoother. I don’t expect Espinosa’s disappearing act in the second half to carry over into next season, as a matter of fact I expect the opposite. As for Ramos, he will continue to improve in all aspects of the game. I still can’t believe the Nationals only gave up Matt Capps for him.