The NL East in 2018 will feature three new managers, one of which is inheriting the division's winner from each of the previous two seasons. Meanwhile, though the other two teams aren't changing managers, one was sold and trading off its best players and the other has been severely punished for tinkering with the international free agent market...
The Braves will lose 13 current prospects, and former GM John Coppolella has been banned for life by Major League Baseball, as a result of circumventing international signing rules from 2015-17. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also imposed sanctions that limit Atlanta's ability to bargain at full strength for top Latin American prospects through 2021.
The Braves are reportedly in the market for a second baseman, multiple starting pitchers and relievers. They have been connected in rumor to Peter Moylan, who pitched for them in 2015.
The Giants and Cardinals are the only reported teams to make official trade offers for OF Giancarlo Stanton. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand believes the Giants are the favorites to acquire him, while Ken Rosenthal reports San Francisco is willing to pay the bulk of Stanton's remaining contract.
The Giants have also discussed a deal that would net them Marlins 2B Dee Gordon in the same trade, SiriusXM host and SF reporter Chris Misch said on Twitter.
In an effort to cut up to $65 million from their 2018 payroll, the Marlins will reportedly try to trade Stanton, Gordon, infielder Martin Prado and other players with sizable contracts.
The asking price for Gordon will remain high until the team is confident in how things will play out with Stanton, MLB insiders recently told MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo recently told NY Post reporter Joel Sherman that he intends to talk with Bryce Harper about a contract extension before the start of next season. However, as of last week, no such talks had occured, according to Harper's agent, Scott Boras.
Rizzo also told Sherman he may pursue a right-handed reliever to bolster his bullpen.
Oct 21, 2015; Daniel Murphy is interviewed at a press conference after defeating the Chicago Cubs game four of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
The Nationals are also reportedly in the market for a catcher.
Earlier this offseason, Rizzo hired Dave Martinez to be the team's new manager and former Mets coach Kevin Long will be their new hitting coach.
The Phillies recently hired Gabe Kapler to be their new manager and said at his introductory press conference they believe they can be a .500 team in 2018.
Aug 10, 2017; Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis (13) and second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) and third baseman Maikel Franco (7) before action against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
They have reportedly talked with the Cardinals about trading for outfielders Randal Grichuk and Tommy Pham, both of whom are said to be available, according to posts on MLB Trade Rumors.
The Phillies once had interest in acquiring Stanton from the Marlins, but have not engaged them in serious trade talks this offseason, according to Philadelphia reporter Matt Gelb.
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