Brewers are completely up in the air. Losing Prince will sting, there's no doubt. His power production not being there will hurt, as will his high obp. The Brewers have been grooming Mat Gamel in the minors for a while now, and I'm high on his upside. I see him as a .300 hitter, 25-30 HR, 100 RBI a year guy if he stays healthy-not as much power as Prince, but should give us good production. We've upgraded third with Ramirez. Addition by subtraction. Helps us, hurts the Cubs. McGehee really regressed last year, not only offensively, but with the glove, so shipping him was the right decision. Ryan Braun's status is up in the air. It's clear he didn't use PED's, so his reputation will recover, but it appears he took something for a medical condition, and neither he or his doc told MLB. He should miss 50 games, even if he didn't knowingly do anything to break the rules. Doesn't matter. There needs to be accountability, and as much as I love Brauny, he goofed.
The Brewers will really go as far as their pitching carries them. We'll have Greinke for the full season. He and Gallardo are solid. Marcum's ineffectiveness late in the season and postseason scared me. He wore down, and after being really good for 1.5 years after Tommy John surgery (iirc), that's got me really nervous.
Reds should be really good, and can make a run at winning the division. Votto is the best overall player in the division now that Pujols is gone. High average guy, plus plus power, super high OPS...you've got a solid batting order, no doubt. Probably the top offense in the Central. The Cards will likely win the division, the Reds could definitely win it, the Brewers...lots of questions. Will Gamel live up to the hype? Will Ramirez play the entire season, or will injuries catch up with him again. What do we do if Braun misses 50?
Astros in last, but I can't remember if they move to the AL this season, or next season.
The Central could be one of the most exciting divisions in baseball.