(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer The offseason departures of sluggers Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder has left the NL Central wide open for the taking. There's no clear-cut favorite to win the division title in 2012.
It's up for grabs. And the Cincinnati Reds just might be the ones to snatch it.
With a revamped pitching staff, star first baseman Joey Votto and as much overall depth as anyone in the division, the Reds are poised to make a run at the top after finishing a disappointing 79-83.
The Reds gave up seven prized prospects to get pitchers Matt Latos and Sean Marshall.
Although St. Louis and Milwaukee lost their biggest bats, Reds manager Dusty Baker is still expecting ''a tough race'' with the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates expected to be improved.