outfield, which might be the best in the game. They also acquired reliever
Walden. Expect the Braves, a wild-card team last year, to challenge for the
division title again.
Will win the NL East if ... young pitchers Mike Minor (25) and Julio Teheran (22) to take on major roles in the rotation.
2012 season: 81-81 (third, NL East)
New faces: RHP Mike Adams, 3B Michael Young, OF Delmon Young, OF Ben Revere, RHP John Lannan
2013 outlook: With Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee heading the rotation, the Phillies remain a contender. The offense still is a question mark, but it could be in good shape if newcomer Michael Young bounces back and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard return to their All-Star form.
Will win the NL East if ... Father Time is good to them. Young isn't so much -- he's 36 -- nor are Utley (34), Howard (33), Halladay (35) and Lee (34).
NEW YORK METS
2012 season: 74-88 (fourth, NL East)
New faces: RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Brandon Lyon, OF Collin Cowgill
2013 outlook: The Mets haven't been to the postseason since 2006, and it'll be tough this season. Johan Santana faces shoulder surgery again and is likely out for the season, and they traded away reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. While they got a nice return, it's clearly not a win-now move.
Will win the NL East if ... Ike Davis becomes a home run champion, and young pitcher Matt Harvey is the second coming of Tom Seaver.
2012 season: 69-93 (fifth, NL East)
New faces: SS Adeiny Hechavarria, OF Juan Pierre, INF Placido Polanco, C Jeff Mathis, RHP Jon Rauch
2013 outlook: One of the most dysfunctional franchises in the game, the Marlins are a mess. They went all-in prior to the 2012 season and flopped. That led to a fire sale this offseason when they fired manager Ozzie Guillen and shipped away, among others, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Josh Johnson. They kept one of their stars, though, outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Will win the NL East if ... who are we kidding? The Marlins would be lucky to finish third.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
2012 season: 97-65 (first in NL Central; lost in NLDS)
New faces: OF Shin-Soo Choo, above, LHP Manny Parra, INF Cesar Izturis, INF Jack Hannahan
2013 outlook: The reigning division champs have a strong bullpen with Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton at the back end, and bolstered their lineup by trading for outfielder Choo and re-signing OF Ryan Ludwick. And they have a perennial MVP candidate in INF Joey Votto and arguably the best second baseman in the game, Brandon Phillips.
Will win the NL Central if ... they stay healthy. Votto missed 48 games last season, but the pitching was healthy.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
2012 season: 88-74 (second, NL Central; lost in NLCS)
New faces: LHP Randy Choate, INF/OF Ty Wigginton
2013 outlook: The Cardinals didn't miss a beat with the loss of Albert Pujols last season, so it's hard to see them taking a step back without ace Chris Carpenter. Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday form the heart of the lineup, while Adam Wainwright and Jake Westbrook lead the
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