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National League Central trade deadline recap and standings update

The Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs are all having solid seasons.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Chicago are all having solid seasons and are in a position to make the postseason. The Brewers and Reds, on the contrary, opted to sell before the deadline.

St. Louis Cardinals

Record: 71-39

Games back in Division: --

Games back of Wild Card: --

Key Moves:

  • Acquired reliever Steve Cishek from the Marlins in exchange for Kyle Barraclough.
  • Acquired Brandon Moss from the Indians for Rob Kaminsky.
Injuires:
  • Jordan Walden, right biceps discomfort
  • Adam Wainwright, recovering from Achilles surgery
  • Jon Jay, left wrist discomfort
  • Matt Holliday, grade two right quad strain
  • Matt Belisle, right elbow inflammation
  • Matt Adams, recovering from right quad surgery
Recap: If the Cardinals did not make a single move before the deadline, they might have still been in good position to win the division. Adding Moss is notable after Adams went down and Cishek will likely prove to be a valuable late inning relief option. St. Louis has been plagued by injuries but has still found a way to win in 2015.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Record: 64-44

Games back in Division: 6.0

Games back of Wild Card: --

Key Moves:

  • Acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers in exchange for cash and Yhonathan Barrios.
  • Acquired J.A. Happ from the Mariners in exchange for Adrian Sampson.
  • Acquired Joakim Soria from the Tigers for JaCoby Jones.
  • Acquired Michael Morse from the Dodgers for Jose Tabata.
  • Acquired Joe Blanton from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Traded Jayson Aquino to the Indians in exchange for cash considerations.
Injuries:
  • Rob Scahill, right forearm tightness
  • Jordy Mercer, lower leg contusion
  • Andrew Lambo, plantar fascitis in left foot
  • Corey Hart, right shoulder impingement
  • Josh Harrison, recovering from left thumb surgery
  • Brandon Cumpton, recovering from Tommy John surgery
  • A.J. Burnett, right elbow inflamation
Recap: The Pirates are not too far behind the Cardinals and could make a run if St. Louis begins to struggle. The addition of Ramirez gives the Pirates a bat to replace that of Josh Harrison and Happ should improve an already strong starting rotation. Soria could prove to a valuable bullpen arm moving forward.

Chicago Cubs

Record: 61-48

Games back in Division: 9.5

Games back of Wild Card: --

Key Moves:

  • Acquired Dan Haren from the Marlins in exchange for Elliot Soto and Ivan Pineyro.
  • Acquired Tommy Hunter from the Orioles for Junior Lake.
  • Released Edwin Jackson.
Injuries:
  • Jacob Turner, right shoulder inflammation
  • Rafael Soriano, right shoulder inflammation
  • Zac Rosscup, left shoulder inflammation
  • Neil Ramirez, left abdominal soreness
  • Tommy La Stella, right rib cage inflammation
Recap: Competing for a Wild Card spot, the Cubs were hoping to upgrade their starting rotation and did so at a low cost by adding Haren. Although Chicago's offense has been inconsistent at times, the club should have enough depth and experience to compete for a playoff spot into September.

Cincinnati Reds

Record: 49-59

Games back in Division: 21.0

Games back of Wild Card: 11.5

Key Moves:
  • Traded Johnny Cueto to Kansas City in exchange for Brandon Finnegan, Jake Lamb, and Cody Reed.
  • Traded Mike Leake to the Giants for Keury Mella and Adam Duvall.
Injuries:
  • Jon Moscot, recovering from right shoulder surgery
  • Devin Mesoraco, recovering from left hip surgery
  • Sean Marshall, recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Zachary Cozart, recovering from right knee surgery
  • Homer Bailey, recovering from Tommy John surgery
  • Nathan Adcock, recovering from Tommy John surgery
Recap: Cincinnati might have held up the entire deadline since it did not want to sell major pieces before the All-Star game. The organization received a lot in return for Cueto and might consider making other trades in August. Jay Bruce drew a lot of interest and could be a name to watch.

Milwaukee Brewers

Record: 47-65

Games back in Division: 25.0

Games back of Wild Card: 15.5

Key Moves:

  • Traded Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates for cash considerations and Yhonathan Barrios.

  • Traded Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to Houston for Domingo Santana, Brett Phillips, Adrian Houser, and Josh Hader.
  • Traded Gerardo Parra to Baltimore in exchange for Zach Davies.
  • Traded Jonathan Broxton and cash to St. Louis for Malik Collymore.
  • Claimed Preston Guilmet from the Dodgers.
Injuries:
  • Brandon Kintzler, left patella tendinitis
Recap: Out of contention in the weeks leading up to the deadline, the Brewers opted to sell major league talent. It was a buyers market but the Brewers were able to add prospects in deals involving top talent.