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Are Braves the team to beat in NL?

Plus, are the Tigers now in a great spot and are the Marlins wrong for selling?

Originally Published: July 24, 2012
ESPN.com

Trade season is heating up. We asked our experts to weigh in with their thoughts on three separate topics.

1. Will the rumored Ryan Dempster deal shift the balance of power in the National League?

David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot: I think it makes the Braves the clear favorite for the first wild-card spot. Dempster would be a big improvement over Mike Minor or Jair Jurrjens, and combined with the sinking fortunes of the Marlins and Mets, the once-tough NL ...

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