January 27, 2005

Attention NL East writers

You’re invited to weigh in on the latest poll posted on BPF: "Which offseason move will have the biggest impact on the NL East?"

When you’re finished, leave comments and your Web site URL in the comments section below this post. I am assembling links for an all NL East blog section before the season gets underway.

Nationals bloggers are encouraged to leave comments most of all. If you feel another acquisition, such as Jose Guillen, will mean more to the success of team, by all means state your opinion.

If you are undecided, you are permitted to vote for more than one selection.


At 8:20 PM, Blogger Jay said...

If the question really is about how the move will affect the teams when they play each other, you have to go with a position player. That means either Beltran or Delgado.

I picked Beltran largely because:

1) I'm biased
2) I'm a bit bitter at Delgado
3) Beltran gets a small nod for his defense and all around game.

If the question is how the move affects the team overall, I'm pretty tempted to go with Hudson.

But I'll still go with Beltran because I'm biased. :)

At 3:51 PM, Blogger a2d said...

I am also a Met fan, and while I think Beltran is going to have the biggest impact over the course of his contract, if we're talking strictly next season, I have to give it to Delgado. Putting him in the middle of that already solid lineup (Pierre, Castillo, Cabrera, Delgado, Lowell, LoDuca) is just scary. Facing that lineup, what, sixteen times next season? That'll be even scarier.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Thanks for the comments guys. How did you link to this page, through baseballblogs.org, or was their a link from somewhere else? I got a high amount of Mets hits today, strange for a Saturday.

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for the Braves move SMolts to the rotation and trade for Kolb but I voted for it in a negative way. As good as Scherholtz is I think this move is going to backfire and will impact the East greatly and open up for a new team to be the NL East Champs.

At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't specify that this is just for 2005. So clearly it is Beltran (an overall 40-40 guy last year, including playoffs). Delgado won't be a Marlin in a few years, he'll be an albatross. Hudson is a free agent next year, and Martinez is likely to get hurt. The Phils moves aren't in the same class. On the loss front, losing JD Drew will hurt the Braves, but with Marte on the cusp they can cover for the lost offense. The Marlins losing Benitez will be a blow.

Overall, it's Beltran.

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loaiza to the Nats. No contest.

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Mike said...

The Marlins signing Delgado tops my list. Delgado is a tremendous offensive force on a team that struggled offensively but is strong with defense and pitching. I think he gives the Marlins the inside track on the NL East title.

Close second: Lieber. If his arm holds up, he could be great. He doesn't surrender walks or home runs, so the Phillies might have found a guy to be their ace who can survive Citizen's Bank.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Jason Weitzel said...

Thanks for the commentary.

Two selections I thought would get more votes: Charlie Manuel becomes manager and the Nationals move from Montreal to Washington.

Larry Bowa and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan were reportedly like oil and water with players in Philadelphia, and new skipper Charlie Manuel is beloved by all. The Phillies will not be the favorites to win the NL East, and that's a good thing. From everything Phillies fans have read in the papers, Manuel is the type of manager who will let it up to the players to push each other. I believe this is the year Jim Thome becomes the storied leader fans read about. Ultimately, it's the players that must win games on the field, but the Bowa situation in Philadelphia became too much for the team to endure, and management made the right choice in removing him.

On the second, the Nationals, here's a team that finally gets a regulation amount of home games in a place that isn't Montreal, Canada or San Juan, PR. If you think Wilkerson, Vidro and company won't benefit positively from playing 50 percent of games in Washington, D.C. - in front of press and fans - you're wrong. Montreal was a horrid situation, and everyone involved in baseball is glad it's over.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger RTK Staff said...

I, too, am an extremely biased Mets fan. I think that the Beltran and Pedro signings will impact the East the most. Glavine no longer has to worry about being #1, so he will, I think, flourish without that stress. Or, at the least, play better. Beltran will help the lineup significantly. I think that both Piazza AND Floyd have bounce-back years due to the fact that they won't have to worry about carrying the team, and Cameron, who carried it last year, will have less stress as well. David Wright playing a full season will be scary cool. I think the Mets will have a nice year.

Will Musto
Rounding Third Knight

At 9:48 AM, Blogger 3 - 2 Pitch said...

Hey, great and interesting poll.

I have a different slant on how I viewed this question. To be upfront and clear I am a Mets fan. But to me the Mets additions of Martinez and Beltran are surefire improvements. The big sleeper in the NL East is a move that everyone seems to think will hands down pay huge dividends for Atlanta.

I think the acquisition of Danny Kolb and thus moving John Smoltz back into the starting rotation is a big mistake by Atlanta. Kolb maxed out at 57 Innings pitched last year for a career high. The only way he does not implode for Atlanta is if the Jones' revert to offensive powerhouses while Furcal and Giles have huge years. Atlanta's offense has gotten progressively worse and took a huge hit in losing Drew. Smoltz has been averaging about 75 appearances and 80+ innings (factor his injury in 2003) while closing for the Braves. It seems to me that Kolb will be counted on for at least that many calls this year. He is not in Brewer country any longer.

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll go with Hudson.

-Matt Gelb


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