Friday, February 6, 2009

Breakdown of NL Central

I will tell you, what they did ( Main Acquisitions and departures) and also what grade I will give them:

Milwaukee Brewers:
Acquisitions: Craig Counsell, Trevor Hoffman.
Departures: C.C Sabathia, Eric Gagne, Jason Kendall, Ben Sheets, Ray Durham.
Grade: D, because they have no pitching now and really did not upgrade. In my opinion there team is not going to be as good as this last year,

St. Louis Cardinals:
Acquisitions: Khalil Greene.
Departures: Branden Looper, Jason Isringhausen, Mark Mulder, Cesar Izturis, Aaron Miles, Russ Springer, Felipe Lopez.
Grade: D, because they loss pitching and the lost pitching and infielders that can play all of them. They got Khalil Greene but he did not do good last year.

Cincinatti Reds:
Acquisitions: Mike Lincoln, Jerry Hairston jr., Arthur Rhodes, Willy Taveras Roman Hernadez.
Departures: Jeremy Affeldt, Ryan Freel, Corey Patterson.
Grade: B, because they got good relief pitchers and a speedster in Taveras, to play center field. They also never lost anybody that was that good.

Houston Astros:
Acquisitions: Latroy Hawkins, Doug Brocail, Aaron Boone, Mike Hampton.
Departures: Brad Ausmus, Ty Wigginton, Mark Loretta, Randy Wolf.
Grade: D, because they did nothing to compete with the Cubs and Reds. They lost pitching and utility players, with not upgrading over them.

Pittsburgh Pirates:
Acquisitions: Eric Hinske, Ramon Vazquez.
Departures: Ronny Paulino, Jason Michaels.
Grade: C, because they never made there team worst like the Cardinals and Brewers but also never upgraded there team.

Chicago Cubs:
Acquisitions: Milton Bradley, Aaron Miles, Kevin Gregg, Luis Vizcaino, Paul Bako, Aaron Heilman, Joey Gathright.
Departures: Jason Marquise, Mark Derosa, Henry Blanco, Kerry Wood, Felix Pie, Bob Howry, Ronny Cedeno, Jose Ceda.
Grade: B, because they got there balance lineup with the addition of Bradley but they did lose a good utility guy in Derosa and a good relief pitcher in Wood.

That is what the teams did this off season so far.

Now I will tell you the standings, in which I think they will be in.

Chicago Cubs
Cincinatti Reds
Milwaukee Brewers
St Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros
Pittsburgh Pirates

OK that is what I have and I will always keep you posted on the Cubs rumors and notes.

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