We are one week away from flipping the calendar to July, which is typically the time that teams get serious about their chances of making a playoff push or not.  The trade deadline on July 31st is the unofficial time to start talking about "playoff contention", but teams must position themselves as buyers or sellers before that date.

Much time and effort will be spent critiquing the Pirates chances of making the playoffs over the next month, so I thought it might be interesting to see what the competition is up to, as well.  What follows is part 1 of a capsule look at each of the 15 other teams in the National League and their chances of making a playoff push, what assets financially they may have, and what assets they may have both in the majors and minors to trade.  This part will foc...

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