Here are what the other contenders in the NL Central should look to do:
- The Cardinals are in need of pitching, both in the pen and in the rotation. They will look at Heath Bell, but the Padres asking price might be too heavy. The Cardinals could also add a starting pitcher and move Kyle McClellan to the bullpen.
- The Pirates must decide if they are buyers or sellers. Since this team is 4 games over .500 and hasn't had a winning season in nearly 20 years, I would be shocked if they were to trade anybody away. I could see the Pirates picking up a bat to stay in the race. Somebody like Adam Lind of Toronto makes sense.
- The Reds need help in their rotation. After sending Volquez to AAA, the Reds brought up Dontrelle Willis, but the D-Train can only take them so far. Look for the Reds to make a run at Aaron Harang or even Chris Capuano of the Mets.
This division will come down to the wire and should be a lot of fun to follow, so stay tuned for more on the closest division in baseball.