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Chicago Cubs: Is the NL Central now the best division in baseball?

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Chicago Cubs: Best of the rest

Team for team, the NL Central very well might be the best division in baseball.

The AL East could feature three 95-win teams if the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays play up to their potential, but the Blue Jays are looking like sellers this offseason, and the Orioles are the worst team in the league by a pretty wide margin.

Both leagues have competitive divisions out West. But in the AL, the Mariners are totally depleted after their fire sale and the A’s should be due for regression given their weak starting rotation.

And in the National League, the Diamondbacks just lost their best player (Goldschmidt) while the Rockies could lose both DJ LeMahieu and Adam Ottavino.

The NL East could also be vastly improved from last season due to upgrades made by the Mets and Nationals. But top to bottom, it still does not stack up against the Central. At least not yet.

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The NL Central may be the only team in the league next season that could have three 90-game winners and four teams above .500, so it is pretty hard to argue against the competitiveness of the division.

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