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NL East Update: The one where the Mets sign former 18-game winner

The New York Mets made a bold move by signing Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz.

I’m a fan of these two; they just seem like Sandy Alderson type players. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Capuano earn a spot in the back end of the rotation or worst-case scenario he becomes a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. Of course, anyone who’s had two Tommy John surgeries should raise some eyebrows, but who knows, maybe Capuano will be the second coming of R.A. Dickey?

Baseball has seen a flood of players enter the league and make an immediate impact, but are teams handing out too many contract extensions?

Extensions are risky. A player’s performance can unexpectedly drop or he could suffer a long-term injury, but they are necessary for the game. Teams are always looking for an identity and stability, and that is what long term extensions give them. Its not something you can just hand out, organizations do some serious evaluation of players before awarding them with a deal. The Colorado Rockies are a prime example of this by locking up Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez for long-term deals.

Bad news for all those hoping for an Edgar Renteria reunion with the Florida Marlins.

This story never had enough momentum to become relevant before the idea was crushed. I can understand why the San Francisco Giants offered him just a one-year deal with $1 million, he was an aging shortstop who did not produce much for you last season, but come on, the guy won you the World Series, the least you could do is not “disrespect him”.

Overshadowed by a Cy Young Award winner, Roy Oswalt had an impressive run with the Phillies in 2010.

Oswalt is the Chris Bosh of the Phillies Big Three, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. At this point in his career, maybe it’s good for Oswalt to be overlooked. In Houston, he had the pressure of being the ace of a weak staff for a losing team, now most of the pressure will fall on Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee…but lets be honest, that won’t be enough to phase them.

Not many people believe in Michael Morse…do you?

With the market for free agent first basemen dwindling, Morse is becoming an intriguing option. If the Nationals fail to sign Adam LaRoche I think Morse deserves a shot at first base, he’s earned the opportunity. Adam Dunn’s power numbers aren’t going to be replaced, but Morse does have some pop in his bat and is a pretty decent hitter.