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Last season the Cincinnati Reds proved to be the class of the National League Central and won the division by nine games over the St. Louis Cardinals.
In 2013, the Chicago Cubs still should not be a threat for the division title. Theo Epstein is working to turn the team around, but they will not be there yet.
Similarly, the Pittsburgh Pirates are getting better, but they likely will not have what it takes to win the NL Central crown.
There is a lot of talent on both the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, but they will have a difficult time trying to unseat the Reds.
Scott Rolen and Ryan Ludwick are now on the free-agent market, but the Reds have potential replacements at those positions and could also look to make a signing or two. Todd Frazier should take over at third base. Cincinnati has also brought Jonathan Broxton back to keep its bullpen strong.
Unless St. Louis or Milwaukee makes a big move, this division appears to belong to the Reds.
Predicted Winner: Cincinnati Reds