I thought it would be important to group my series in a geographical nature. Judging by my title, the NL West is next.
LA Dodgers: I think the Dodgers get an "A" for their offseason moves. Adding some power and defense with Furcal, Garciaparra, Lofton and strengenthing the bullpen with Baez, Carter, Seo, and Hamulack to go along with Gange (assuming he recovers well from surgery). As it stands now, the Dodgers are my pick for first. A starting rotation of Lowe, Brad Penny and Odalis Perez, and now Tomko should fair well. Tomko will be the weakest link of the starting rotation. Furcal and Kent are both coming off of surgery, but both should be ready to go before or during spring training.
Giants: If Bonds comes back and stay healthy, they could easily take second place in the West. They lost a mediocre pitcher in Tomko to the rival Dodgers, but acquired Finley from the Angels. Besides these two moves, and losing Snow to the Red Sox, the Giants remained fairly silent during the Hot Stove league. With Jason Schmidt achoring the starting rotation again, they should do fairly well. Their offense has not changed a whole lot, but they did not keep up with the Dodgers in the off season.
D-Backs: Being a team in one of the larger Hot Stove moves trading Vasqueze to the White Sox for 3 players. One of those players is the young, hot prospect named Chris Young. You should see him either start in CF or be moved up from AAA sometime around June. The other two players, Orlando Hernadez and Luis Vizcaino, could help the D-back pitching, as long as
Look for the "central" divisions to be parts 3 and 4 in upcoming days/weeks.