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To find the NL East leader, we turn our attention to sunny Miami.
The Marlins are the most improved team in this division, if not all of baseball.
Offensively, you could make a strong case for them having the best lineup in the National League. They have four guys who can hit at least 20 home runs (Logan Morrison, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Stanton and Gaby Sanchez) and three guys who can steal at least 30 bases (Emilio Bonifacio, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes).
In other words, they are incredibly balanced.
Logan Morrison and Hanley Ramirez are both headed towards huge bounce-back years, which makes this team all the more threatening. Then there's the addition of Jose Reyes, deemed both unnecessary and ingenious all at once.
Continuing the boon of additions, we look at the rotation. They've added a huge veteran arm in Mark Buehrle and a potential upside arm in Carlos Zambrano.
Returning to the rotation are Anibal Sanchez (post 2011 breakout), Ricky "sabermetrics can't figure me out" Nolasco and Josh Johnson.
With Johnson's deep injury history, Miami's success banks on how healthy he can be. At full potential, J.J. is one of the best pitchers in baseball. The fish need him.
With their huge upgrades it's impossible to declare any other team to win the NL East.