NL East Update: The one where Volstad loses his job, American League teams want Beltran?

Following a disappointing first half to his season, the Florida Marlins have optioned Chris Volstad to Class AAA New Orleans.

Volstad is a classic case of someone being called up to the majors far too soon. He made his debut as a 21-year old in 2008 and has made 93 starts for the Marlins since. Anyone who’s watched him pitch knows the talent is there. Being the tall and slender pitcher he is its hard not to notice. But Jack McKeon doesn’t really care who you are or what you’ve done, he just wants results, and that’s something Volstad hasn’t given him, that along with consistency. This just goes to show you why McKeon was such a great addition to this ballclub. Who knows if Edwin Rodriquez would’ve had the guts to pull off a move like this?

The Good Phight tells us why the Philadelphia Phillies do NOT need a right-handed bat.

For being the best team in baseball, the Phillies don’t really “need” anything. Of course a right-handed bat would be a great addition, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if they stayed pat. The Phillies didn’t “need” Cliff Lee, but they welcomed him with open arms. As mentioned in the article, it’s important to differentiate between a “need” and an “upgrade”.

With a 5-5 record out of the All-Star break, are the Atlanta Braves in serious trouble?

I know expectations in Atlanta are always high, and rightfully so, but being 5.5 games out of first place in the division and having a strong hold on the Wild Card lead is definitely nothing to be panicking about. Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman continue to rake and Dan Uggla has finally shown signs of life for the first time all season! For what its worth, the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals, two first place teams in their respective divisions, are also 5-5 in their last ten games.

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your daily Carlos Beltran update…

The other day it almost seemed certain Beltran was heading to either Philadelphia or Atlanta, with news spreading that he would not be traded to an American League team. Now, just a few hours later, the Texas Rangers have emerged as the favorites. At this point, I couldn’t tell you where he will end up, but all this uncertainty has me convinced a deal won’t go down until the very last day.

Twinkie Town addresses the rumors of the Washington Nationals showing interest in Denard Span.

Most Nats fan would love to have Span on their roster. He is a legitimate leadoff hitter with great speed and superior defensive skills, sounding more like a better version of Roger Bernadina than anything else. The thing is the Nationals aren’t interested in giving up Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen for Span which I think is smart on their part. Too bad the Twins likely wouldn’t be interested in a package around Ian Desmond, who I’d be more than willing to send over for Span’s services.