MLB Trade Deadline: Breaking Down the NL Central

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MLB Trade Deadline: Breaking Down the NL Central
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The National Central Division is home to the hottest race in the Major Leagues. Four teams separated by only 3.5 games, all with very legitimate chances at taking the division crown. The first place Milwaukee Brewers, led by slugging outfielder Ryan Braun (pictured here), see the upstart Pittsburgh Pirates right behind them, only a half game out. 

The Pirates are currently tied with the St. Louis Cardinals, the perennial powerhouse who have struggled at times this season. The defending NL Central champions, the Cincinnati Reds, stand 3.5 games back, mired in 4th place and in need of some help. 

Our bottom dwellers, the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros, are in the market to sell some of their top players. The Cubs have the option of shopping all stars such as Alfonso Soriano while the Astros could potentially move valuable players such as Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence

In fact, all six of the teams in the league are looking to make some moves in the next two weeks before the deadline. Let’s see what all six teams are looking for and who their respective General Managers are calling about. 

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