Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, January 15, 2012 05:00 PM Comments: 19
UPDATE: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Phillies have signed former Mariner and Cardinal hurler Joel Pineiro to a minor-league deal that includes an invite to Spring Training.
When pennant flags are raised in 2015, many people will look back to this offseason as the one that shaped the National League East. It’s the first one in awhile when such big names are moving simultaneously and at the same position. Albert Pujols took care of his future already and now Prince Fielder still awaits his fate.
A dark horse in these negotiations could be the Nationals. They have quietly acquired, ok maybe not so quietly, the top young talent in Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Bryce Harper and made a deal to bring in Jayson Werth for way too much money. Recently they have been linked to Roy Oswalt, Gio Gonzalez (who they signed) and now apparently talks with Fielder’s agent have started back again.
As I have argued on Twitter (@kierancarobine) in the past weeks signing Fielder does not put the Nationals as favorites for the East. I honestly think the Phillies still hold that spot but it would make the upcoming seasons that much more interesting. Once their youthful movement is complete they will be the competing team on top.