Aug 1, 2014, 2:08 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney:
1. Oakland Athletics (LW: 1) – Zuckerman: How many other GM’s of first-place teams would be willing to trade their cleanup hitter for a 2-month rental ace? Billy Beane doesn’t think like other GM’s, though. Good for him.
2. Los Angeles Angels (LW: 2) – Zuckerman: Quiet on deadline day, but they made some wise moves earlier in the month to shore up their bullpen.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (LW: 9) – Zuckerman: Among the most shocking developments Thursday: L.A., with no financial restrictions, didn’t make a move.
4. Baltimore Orioles (LW: 7) – Hughes: Andrew Miller is a nice addition, but the O’s could really use another starting pitcher. The Yanks, Sox and Rays are having down years, what are they waiting for?
5. Detroit Tigers (LW: 3) – Roney: A rotation now fronted by Scherzer, Price, and Verlander gives Detroit the AL’s three previous Cy Young winners. Interesting to see whether they choose to pay Price, or Scherzer.
6. Washington Nationals (LW: 5) – Hughes: How the backend of the Nationals bullpen fares over the next two months could be a huge storyline.
7. Milwaukee Brewers (LW: 6) – Roney: Gerardo Parra is a solid addition to an already good team, and gives Milwaukee impressive outfield defense.
8. Toronto Blue Jays (LW: 13) – Hughes: The Jays have won nine of 10 and just saw the Orioles balk at adding a starting pitcher. It has been a good few weeks up in Toronto.
9. San Francisco Giants (LW: 4) – Zuckerman: The Dan Uggla Era in San Francisco: 0-for-11, 6 K’s, 3 errors. Yikes.
10. Atlanta Braves (LW: 8) – Hughes: Just saw a very interesting stat: the Braves are 41-44 since beginning the season 17-7. Was it smart to not add anything significant at the deadline?
11. Pittsburgh Pirates (LW: 11) – Roney: They stood pat after buying a year ago – will that be the difference between making the playoffs and not?
12. St. Louis Cardinals (LW: 10) – Roney: Did they sell low on Allen Craig on Joe Kelly, or did a smart organization move declining players? I know one thing for sure: They inherited a looking headache with John Lackey’s 2015 contract situation.
13. Seattle Mariners (LW: 12)– Zuckerman: Looked like they were going to make it a 3-team race in the AL West, but now they’re looking at the second wild card only.
14. New York Yankees (LW: 14) – Hughes: Between Jeter, Headley, Drew and Prado, the Yankees have plenty of infield talent. Where everyone will play is the question.
15. Kansas City Royals (LW: 17) – Roney: They shored up the bullpen, but with the moves made by Detroit and out west, they’ll have to settle for a nice, but post-season-less, year. Still progress in KC.
16. Tampa Bay Rays (LW: 18) – Hughes: David Price finally got dealt and the return was kind of underwhelming. Perhaps they should have waited until the offseason.
17. Miami Marlins (LW: 20) – Hughes: Not sure what to think of the Marlins trading their 2013 first round pick for Cosart. Cosart has not been good this season, but we’ll see.
18. Cincinnati Reds (LW: 15)– Roney: Heard they were dangling Mat Latos – better to hold on and try to retake ground next season.
19. Cleveland Indians (LW: 16) – Roney: James Ramsey and Zach Walters are decent pickups, but Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera were cornerstones not too long ago. Disappointing turn of events.
20. Chicago White Sox (LW: 22) – Roney: Quiet on deadline day, they didn’t really have much to gain or offer. Just work on an extension for Sale, Southsiders.
21. New York Mets (LW: 19) – Hughes: It was surprising to see the Mets do nothing before the deadline. They got some good news this week, however, with Matt Harvey getting cleared to throw from a mound.
22. Minnesota Twins (LW: 23) – Roney: Deadline Day brought old friend Tommy Milone to Minnesota – a great get, considering the miniscule price (Sam Fuld).
23. Boston Red Sox (LW: 21) – Hughes: Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig should help the Sox be competitive once again next season. Pitching is a glaring need now, though.
24. San Diego Padres (LW: 24) – Zuckerman: They have one regular with an OPS+ over 100: Seth Smith. That’s quite pathetic.
25. Arizona Diamondbacks (LW: 25) – Zuckerman: Didn’t realize just how much they invested in Aaron Hill and Martin Prado until this week.
26. Philadelphia Phillies (LW: 26) – Hughes: The Phillies probably should have blown it all up a year ago, yet they still keep trotting out the same, old lineup. Just amazing.
27. Chicago Cubs (LW: 28) – Roney: Theo Epstein continues to collect old Red Sox pieces – can they get anything out of Felix Doubront?
28. Colorado Rockies (LW: 29) – Zuckerman: Troy Tulowitzki is hurt now, so they’ll have to make a decision on his future this winter.
29. Houston Astros (LW: 27) – Zuckerman: The supposed 2017 World Series champs might want to put the champagne on ice for awhile.
30. Texas Rangers (LW: 30) – Zuckerman: What a disastrous season this turned out to be, completely unexpected.
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