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NL East Update: The one where the Mets go Young

After much speculation, the Mets and Chris Young have agreed to a deal.

On Opening Day, expect the Mets rotation to look like this…1) Mike Pelfrey, 2) R.A. Dickey, 3) Jon Niese, 4/5) Chris Young/Chris Capuano. That isn’t a terrible staff if you ask me. Pelfrey and Niese are bound to improve, Dickey has figured out how to get batters out, and Young and Capuano will be looking to silence their critics. Also with Niese and Capuano, there will be a nice balance of left-handers, which is always beneficial to a team. With Johan Santana hoping to return someone around mid-season, you have to feel confident with these starting five getting them to that point.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Ben Francisco have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.175 million contract for the 2011 season.

Francisco will have a large role this season by filling in for Raul Ibanez and Domonic Brown in the outfield when needed. His performance will be crucial if Brown, becoming a full-time starter, struggles early in the year and proves to be a liability for the team. Many fans in Philadelphia are predicting a breakout year for Francisco, especially now that Jayson Werth is gone. Its not realistic to say that he will make up for Werth’s power numbers but it is smart to say the Phillies can’t afford to have one of their starting outfielders and Francisco all struggling simultaneously.

With the fragile Chris Coghlan likely to take over in center field this upcoming season, some fans are wondering why Mike Stanton isn’t being considered for the job.

This is a very interesting point made by Marlin Maniac. Why not move Stanton to center? He is the more athletic and quicker player, so wouldn’t you rather have him covering more ground? I don’t think it will make a whole lot of a difference having Stanton in center as opposed to Coghlan but it just seems more logical to put the more healthy and more athletic guy out there.

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a pair of one-year deals with Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado, both avoiding arbitration.

The arbitration process is such a messy and complicated process. The whole idea of it just makes me uncomfortable. Its good that the Braves will be with these two players next season, but will they be worth extending in the future? I wouldn’t be surprised if this is Jurrjens’ final year with the team because of the “anticipated arrivals of Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado.” He could be one of the hotter names on the market if this is the case.

If you hadn’t heard by now, the Washington Nationals have traded three prospects to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Tom Gorzelanny.

Interesting move by GM Mike Rizzo. I don’t really know what to make of Gorzelanny, but he will definitely be one of the top story lines during Spring Training as he will try and crack the rotation. With Chicago, Gorzelanny bounced back and forth between the rotation and bullpen, this is something that raises a red flag to me. How can you feel confident with someone like that, when he may not even have enough confidence for himself? 

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