Picking Each MLB Contender's Pennant-Race X-Factor

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Picking Each MLB Contender's Pennant-Race X-Factor
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We have reached the point in the MLB season were we know who the contenders are. With August right around the corner, all 30 franchises are making plans for the rest of 2013 based on where they stand. 

For some, that will mean trading some valuable assets heading into free agency in order to get back in the postseason race as soon as 2014. Others have a long-term rebuild in mind and want to add pieces that will play an integral role in their success over the next five-to-seven years. 

The remaining teams are making plans for October this season, but only 10 teams are going to make it that far. There are, by our calculations, 14 teams that can be classified as legitimate contenders as of right now. 

Instead of making trade proposals that probably won't amount to anything, we want to look at an X-factor on each contender who must step up to give his team a chance to play deep into the postseason. 

 

Note: All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. 

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