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NL East Notes: Marlins contending, Nationals

The latest news from around the National League East.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins find themselves in a unique position, one game back of the Mets in the race for the second National League wild-card spot. Being in a position like that forces ownership to decided whether or not to go for it, especially with the July 31 trade deadline drawing closer and closer.

If they are to push themselves into that contender-ship tier of teams in the NL, CBS Sports’ Jonah Keri thinks they will have to pull a big deal out of their bag of tricks.

More news from around the National League East:

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Washington 43-30 — GB

NY Mets 38-33 4.0 GB

Miami 39-34 4.0 GB

Philadelphia 31-43 12.5 GB

Atlanta 25-47 17.5 GB