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The NL West is no slouch. That's the NFC West your thinking about.
The Diamondbacks have locked up Justin Upton for five more years, signed Zack Duke and Xavier Nady, and are looking to go after more players before the season kicks off.
The Dodgers hope that Juan Uribe can now turn into a Giant Killer. Somehow I doubt that, but I also doubted Uribe would be a key component in the World Series last season.
The Rockies have made it clear they plan on a future, offering Cargo a huge deal. They also re-signed Tulowitzki and De La Rosa, and acquired Ty Wiggington.
The Pads don't look so hot right now, but time will tell. They might be headed to the NL West cellar.
My point: The NL West will provide competition, similar to the NL East. Both teams may not even make it back to the NLCS.