NL East Getting Crowdeder, Expensiver

As I said on Friday, the National League East is getting ... harder. On the eve of the Winter Meetings the Marlins made the first big move by spending as much money in signing Jose Reyes ($106 million) as they spent on their entire payroll the last two years combined. Whaaaaatttt!

I know, right? And it's not like they already have an All-Star shortstop who would have to move to third base. And it's not like their top prospect is a third baseman. Whatever, it doesn't have to make sense. They clearly wanted a little more crazy in South Florida, and hiring Ozzie Guillen as a manager was just not enough.

Sure Reyes moves from one NL East team to another, so the aggregate talent of the division stays the same, but adding a great shortstop and leadoff man to a young team like Miami will make those perennial thorns in the Braves' side even thornier.

Now I want some good Braves news. You know, one of those trades where we get the best power-hitting second baseman in the league in exchange for a utility infielder and a lefty reliever who is third on the depth chart. (And then that team feels it has to go out and overpay for a leadoff hitter a year later.)

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