Franchise Sports Talk Baseball: National League Central division preview

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Joe and Sam preview the National League Central. The Pirates are criticised for a misjudged trade, the Brewers are expected to be weaker and the Cubs could be left regretting old moves.

Pittsburgh are looking to contend this season after trading for Chris Archer in 2018. The offseason has been quiet, though, with minimal moves. The roster is solid, but it is unlikely to be enough to compete in a very deep division.

Cincinnati were proactive, landing Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp in a couple of high-profile trades. Pitching is still a question mark.

St. Louis perhaps made the most underrated deal of the winter, landing Paul Goldschmidt to join an already very good offence. Young pitching is unproven but has a high ceiling.

The Cubs and Brewers dominated the Central last season, facing each other in a Game 163. Milwaukee were a game short of the World Series, while Chicago fell in the wildcard game.

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