Hamels has done everything and more for the Phillies organization. He is a World Series MVP entering his prime, it’s hard to imagine Philadelphia not doing everything in their power to bring him back. I believe GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and the rest of the front office are already planning accordingly and will make the right move in the end. If not, Hamels will certainly be on the New York Yankees radar in 2012.
Its clear that there will be no contract talk between the Mets and Reyes during Spring Training, which can only mean that the shortstops performance, primarily in the first half, will say a lot about if he will return to the team or not in 2012. If he performs well enough where he is offered an extension in the middle of the season, I have a hard time seeing Reyes holdout until the end of the year to test the waters, but then again you never know, he does seem like the type of person who would be “intrigued by free agency”.
David O’Brian has some encouraging news for those who doubt Martin Prado.
Prado is out to prove that last season was not a fluke, where he earned his first All-Star appearance and finished ninth in the NL MVP voting. I don’t question his hitting ability as much as his transition to leftfield, but from what the article says, the Braves feel very comfortable having him out there because of his tireless work ethic.
The Florida Marlins will be debuting a rookie at third base on Opening Day for the first time since Miguel Cabrera in 2003.
Matt Dominguez was drafted 12th overall in the 2007 Amateur Draft and played at the Double-AA level last year where he hit .252 with 14 home runs and 81 RBI. Sometimes plugging in a rookie on Opening Day works out, like Cabrera and Jason Heyward last year, but if Dominquez struggles he will have the experienced veteran Wes Helms behind him. So the Marlins have nothing to lose with this decision; he and Mike Stanton will be the cornerstones of this franchise for several years.
Although Ivan Rodriquez is open to mentoring Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores, he wants us to know that he can still play.
The Washington Nationals are in a unique position at catcher with three superior talents, but unfortunately with great players at the same position, tough decisions have to be made. In the end, I think Pudge will walk away with the starting job, but I don’t expect that to be the case all season. Injuries will inevitably strike giving an opportunity to Ramos or Flores. They should be grateful that they are learning from one of the best.