Season Preview: National League Central
With Opening Day in just a few days and 25-man rosters starting to take shape, it seems as good a time as any to start to preview the upcoming season. For a change of pace, I’m going to run with a bit of a different format this year and view things one division at a time.
We’ll cover each division in no particular order. We started with the NL West and then moved on to the AL West. Next up, let’s look at the NL Central.
Top 5 Moves Since Last Season:
1. Pittsburgh agrees to terms with center fielder Andrew McCutchen on a six year, $51.5 Million contract extension. The deal includes a club option for the 2018 season that would be valued at $14.5 Million.
3. St. Louis re-signed first baseman Lance Berkman to a one year, $12 Million free agent contract. The timing of the deal was vital.
4. Milwaukee signs third baseman Aramis Ramirez to a three year, $36 Million free agent contract. The deal includes a mutual option for a fourth season.
MVP – Andrew McCutchen (Joey Votto)
- St. Louis
All Division Team:
Finally, let’s close things out with my pre-2012 All Division Team*. Eligible candidates consist of each team’s projected starter heading into Opening Day. We’ll revisit these lists again once the season concludes.
* Honorable mentions in parentheses.
1B: Joey Votto (Lance Berkman)
3B: Aramis Ramirez (Scott Rolen)
SS: Starlin Castro (Jed Lowrie)
RF: Jose Tabata (Carlos Beltran)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Drew Stubbs)