MLB Power Rankings: Post-trade deadline edition
Some teams, such as the Astros, Indians, and Cubs, had themselves a busy week as they addressed some of their glaring needs. Others, such as the Red Sox, Yankees, and Dodgers, kept quiet despite the holes in their roster.
So, what kind of ripple effect did those moves — or lack-thereof — have on the rest of the league? Here’s how all 30 teams stack up after the deadline. . .
30. Detroit Tigers (32-72)
(Last month: 28)
As expected, the Tigers parted ways with All-Star closer Shane Greene at the deadline. Unfortunately for Red Sox fans, they shipped him to Atlanta and not Boston.
29. Baltimore Orioles (36-71)
(Last month: 30)
The Orioles did not deal anyone from their MLB roster at the deadline.
28. Kansas City Royals (40-70)
(Last month: 29)
Not much to write home about here. No notable deadline deals and an organization that probably won’t be relevant again for some time.
27. Toronto Blue Jays (43-67)
(Last month: 26)
The Blue Jays aren’t a good baseball team, but they’re worth watching simply because of their young infield of Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto is in good hands.
26. Miami Marlins (41-65)
(Last month: 27)
The Marlins continued to add prospects to its strong farm system at the deadline. It’s bleak now, but the future gives fans in Miami reason for optimism.
25. Seattle Mariners (47-64)
(Last month: 25)
The Mariners rewarded right-hander Mike Leake for his almost-perfect game by shipping him to a Diamondbacks team that at least has a shot at sneaking into the playoffs.
24. Chicago White Sox (46-59)
(Last month: 23)
The White Sox were quiet at the deadline, as they should have been. The young talent is there, it just needs some time to develop.
23. Pittsburgh Pirates (47-61)
(Last month: 22)
The Pirates were beaten up by Reds reliever Amir Garrett and have been beaten up in the box score lately, going 1-9 in their past 10.
22. Colorado Rockies (50-59)
(Last month: 14)
The Rockies have scuffled all the way to the bottom of the NL West and made no notable deadline deals. It’s been a rough season in Colorado.
21. San Diego Padres (50-57)
(Last month: 19)
San Diego’s future got even brighter with the acquisition of former top Reds outfield prospect Taylor Trammell. The Padres will be at the top of these rankings sooner rather than later, just not this year.
20. Cincinnati Reds (50-56)
(Last month: 17)
The Reds’ stellar pitching staff got even better with the addition of right-hander Trevor Bauer. Unfortunately, the already-lackluster offense takes a hit with Yasiel Puig and Scooter Gennett gone.
19. New York Mets (52-55)
(Last month: 21)
The Mets didn’t sell Noah Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz, or any of the other pieces believed to be on the trading block ahead of the deadline. Instead, they went out and surprised everyone by acquiring coveted right-hander Marcus Stroman despite being a major long-shot to clinch a playoff berth.
18. Texas Rangers (54-54)
(Last month: 12)
The Rangers have come crashing back down to earth following their impressive first half of the season. They didn’t sell at the deadline, however, as apparently, no team offered an intriguing enough package to acquire All-Star left-hander Mike Minor or slugger Nomar Mazara.
17. Arizona Diamondbacks (54-55)
(Last month: 20)
The D'backs sent ace Zack Greinke — and a good chunk of his giant salary — to Houston in exchange for a heap of prospects. They also acquired right-hander Mike Leake from the Mariners to keep them afloat as they look to sneak into the wild-card game.
16. Los Angeles Angels (56-54)
(Last month: 18)
No big moves or the Halos at the deadline, but they’re at least in the conversation for a wild-card spot.
15. San Francisco Giants (55-53)
(Last month: 24)
What the Giants have done in the second half has been nothing short of amazing to watch. They’ve gone from cellar dwellers in the NL West standings and in these rankings to wild-card contenders. It’s hard to believe they’ll be able to keep this run going, but holding onto their ace Madison Bumgarner and acquiring second baseman Scooter Gennett at the deadline certainly helps their cause.
14. Washington Nationals (57-51)
(Last month: 16)
The Nats suddenly find themselves in the middle of a tight wild-card race after their sluggish first half. They bolstered their bullpen at the deadline by acquiring Hunter Strickland, Roenis Elias, and Daniel Hudson.
13. Milwaukee Brewers (57-52)
(Last month: 8)
The Brewers needed pitching help at this deadline, and that came in the form of right-handers Jordan Lyles and Jake Faria along with ex-Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz. They’re nice depth pieces, but not necessarily the impactful moves that will propel the Brew Crew to the top of their division.
12. Philadelphia Phillies (56-51)
(Last month: 13)
Philadelphia added some depth in the rotation with Jason Vargas and in the outfield with Corey Dickerson. The duo joins a talented team that has largely underperformed this season, but has played much better so far in the second half.
11. Boston Red Sox (59-50)
(Last month: 9)
The Red Sox failing to make a move for a bullpen arm at the deadline is inexcusable. While they still have enough talent to squeak into the wild-card game and make a run, it surely isn’t going to be smooth sailing with this shaky group of relievers.
10. Oakland Athletics (61-48)
(Last month: 15)
I’ve been low on the A’s all year, but I have to give credit where it’s due. They continue to defy the odds and hang tough in the wild-card race. They gained even more of an edge on Wednesday by acquiring veteran starter Tanner Roark from the Reds.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (57-50)
(Last month: 10)
The Cards find themselves at the top of the NL Central standings as we turn the calendar to August. However, they should be fairly worried about standing pat at the deadline while the Cubs got busy and sit only one game behind. Holding onto that division lead won’t be an easy task.
8. Tampa Bay Rays (62-48)
(Last month: 6)
Tampa Bay added some pop to its lineup at the deadline… or at least it hopes. Jesus Aguilar has struggled mightily at the plate this season with Milwaukee, but he’ll look to turn it around as he moves from one playoff contender to another. Eric Sogard has enjoyed a standout year with the Blue Jays and will hope to keep it going with a new AL East squad.
7. Chicago Cubs (57-50)
(Last month: 7)
Chicago was one of the more active teams at the deadline, trading for reliever David Phelps, speedy outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp, and slugger Nicholas Castellanos. These are the kinds of moves that need to be made to stand out down the stretch in such a crowded division, and the Cubs front office got the job done.
6. Cleveland Indians (63-44)
(Last month: 11)
The Indians made the most notable move of the deadline, sending right-hander Trevor Bauer to the Reds in a three-team deal that landed them sluggers Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes (via the Padres). Cleveland may have been asleep for much of the first half, but they’re awake now and not ready to give up that AL Central crown just yet.
5. Minnesota Twins (66-41)
(Last month: 4)
The Twins got some bullpen help by acquiring veteran relievers Sam Dyson and Sergio Romo. They aren’t exactly moves that’ll scare away the surging Indians following their blockbuster deal, but Minnesota at least addressed a major need. That’s more than what a few other contenders can say.
4. New York Yankees (68-39)
(Last month: 2)
Like the Red Sox, the Yankees lacked a sense of urgency at the deadline. In case you didn’t notice in their recent four-game series at Fenway Park, they desperately need another capable starter. Failing to add one could come back to bite them.
3. Atlanta Braves (64-45)
(Last month: 5)
The Braves got the bullpen help they needed by acquiring veteran reliever Mark Melancon from the Giants and All-Star closer Shane Greene from the Tigers. Atlanta is a scary team going forward.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (71-39)
(Last month: 1)
L.A.’s glaring weakness is its bullpen, and they failed to address the issue before the deadline. That could prove to be a costly mistake for a team looking to finally break through and win a World Series after falling just short the past couple seasons.
The Dodgers did acquire left-hander Adam Kolarek from the Rays, and he could provide a slight boost, but overall their sticky bullpen situation looms large.
1. Houston Astros (69-40)
(Last month: 3)
The red-hot Astros are right back in the top spot after adding veteran hurler Zack Greinke to a rotation that already consists of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Wade Miley. With a stacked pitching staff to go along with a lineup that’s finally at full strength, Houston looks poised to make another deep postseason run.