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National League capsules
Manager: Clint Hurdle (2nd season)
He’s here: RHP A.J. Burnett, LHP Erik Bedard, C Rod Barajas, SS Clint Barmes, 3B Casey McGehee, OF Nate McLouth.
He’s outta there: LHP Paul Maholm, C Ryan Doumit, C Chris Snyder, SS Ronny Cedeno, OF Derrek Lee, OF Ryan Ludwick.
Projected lineup: LF Alex Presley (.298, 4, 20 in 52 games) or Nate McLouth (.228, 4, 16 in 81 games with Atlanta), RF Jose Tabata (.266, 4, 21 in 91 games), CF Andrew McCutchen(.259, 23, 89), 2B Neil Walker (.273, 12, 83), 3B Pedro Alvarez (.191, 4, 19 in 71 games) or Casey McGehee (.223, 13, 67 with Milwaukee), 1B Garrett Jones (.243, 16, 58), C Rod Barajas (.230, 16, 47 with the Dodgers), SS Clint Barmes (.244, 12, 39 with Houston).
Rotation: RH A.J. Burnett (11-11, 5.15 with the New York Yankees), LH Erik Bedard (5-9, 3.62 with Seattle and Boston), RH Kevin Correia (12-11, 4.79), RH James McDonald (9-9, 4.21), Jeff Karstens (9-9, 3.38).
Key relievers: RH Joel Hanrahan (1-4, 1.83, 40/44), RH Daniel McCutchen (5-3, 3.72 in 73 games), RH Chris Resop (RH 5-4, 4.39 in team-high 76 games), RH Evan Meek (1-1, 3.48), RH Jason Grilli (2-1, 2.48).
2011: 71-91, 5th place.
Manager: Dale Sveum (1st season).
He’s Here: LHP Paul Maholm, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Travis Wood, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 3B Ian Stewart, OF David DeJesus, LHP Trever Miller, RHP Andy Sonnanstine.
He’s Outta There: Manager Mike Quade, RHP Carlos Zambrano, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 1B Carlos Pena, LHP Sean Marshall, RHP Andrew Cashner, C Koyie Hill, OF Tyler Colvin.
Projected lineup: RF David DeJesus (.240, 10, 46 with Oakland), 2B Darwin Barney (.276, 2, 43), SS Starlin Castro (.307, 10, 66, 207 hits), 1B Bryan LaHair (.288, 2, 6 in 20 games with Cubs; .331, 38 HRs, 109 RBIs at Triple-A), LF Alfonso Soriano (.244, 26, 88), CF Marlon Byrd (.276, 9, 35), 3B Ian Stewart (.156, 0, 6 in 48 games with Rockies), C Geovany Soto (.228, 17, 54).
Rotation: RH Matt Garza (10-10, 3.32), RH Ryan Dempster (10-14, 4.80), LH Paul Maholm (6-14, 3.66 with Pittsburgh), RH Chris Volstad (5-13, 4.89 ERA with Marlins), RH Jeff Samardzija (8-4, 2.97 in 75 relief appearances) or RH Randy Wells (7-6, 4.99)
Bullpen: RH Carlos Marmol (2-6, 4.01, 34/44, 48 walks), RH Kerry Wood (3-5, 3.35), LH Travis Wood (6-6, 4.89 with Cincinnati), RH Rodrigo Lopez (6-6, 4.42, 16 starts), RH Andy Sonnanstine (0-2, 5.55, 15 games with Tampa Bay), LH James Russell (1-6, 4.12, 64 games, 5 starts), LH Trever Miller (0-1, 3.80 in 48 games with St. Louis, Toronto and Boston).
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