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Here are the main trades that affected the top five teams in the NL:
1. Phillies get Hunter Pence
2. Braves get Michael Bourn
3. Giants get Carlos Beltran
4. Diamondbacks get Brad Ziegler
5. Brewers get Jerry Hairston Jr.
Were any of these enough to sway the pennant race? It seems that for each top team that got a great trade, their top competitor did too.
The Phillies and Braves both getting outfielders may leave them back where they started in terms of NL East race, but I think that Pence is a great playoff guy, as opposed to the young and inexperienced Domonic Brown.
The Giants and the Diamondbacks both filled different holes, and the West race should be decided by mostly the late-months performance of key players.
The Brewers pulled ahead of the pack in the NL Central. I think they are pretty safe for now, but the Cardinals and Pirates have a chance to come back at any time.
I guess we'll have to see how it all unfolds come October...