MLB Trade Deadline: NL Central Buyers and Sellers

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MLB Trade Deadline: NL Central Buyers and Sellers
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As July 31st approaches, teams in the National League Central will evaluate their team and need to decide whether to buy or sell at the MLB trade deadline.

With the addition of a second wild-card team in each league, more teams will still be in the race and be looking to buy. For the teams that are out of the race already, the increased demand for their players will help them bring in bigger packages than what they would have gotten in previous years. 

The NL Central is one of the weaker divisions in baseball, which makes it difficult to figure out who is still in contention and who is out of it. It will be difficult for any team in this division to outlast any team from the NL East for the two wild-card spots, and San Francisco will also look to take one of those two spots. 

So far this season, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds have been atop the division with the Pittsburgh Pirates not far behind. The other three teams in the division will need to get hot to get back into contention.

Who in the NL Central should look to buy at the trade deadline?

Which teams need to consider trying to trade away veteran players?

The trade deadline rarely disappoints, but the addition of the second wild-card team has less teams selling.  

*Stats are from ESPN.com as of 6/17/2012

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