MLB Power Rankings Trade Deadline fallout


MLB Power Rankings Trade Deadline fallout This is a special post trade deadline edition of theScores MLB Power Rankings for the 2019 season. Rankings will continue being published every second Monday throughout the regular season, with the next installment coming Aug. 19. After making the one true blockbuster of deadline day while also boasting the best roster in the Junior Circuit the Astros leapfrogged both the Dodgers and Yankees to overtake the top spot in the power rankings. The ageless Zack Greinke is their headline import from a busy trade season. They also added reclamation projects Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini from the Blue Jays, and brought back Martin Maldonado. The Dodgers were fairly quiet at the trade deadline, adding versatile infielder Jedd Gyorko and lefty reliever Adam Kolarek. Missing out on Felipe Vazquez could come back to haunt them later, especially with their bullpen owning the fifth worst FIP in the National League. This team cannot afford a third straight World Series defeat. The Yankees did nothing at the trade deadline, which has drawn its fair share of criticism, especially with Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, and Gary Sanchez injured. But, until someone unseats them, the Yankees are leading the AL East and are poised for a postseason run. If they succeed in their quest for a World Series championship after stubbornly holding on to top prospect Deivi Garcia, the slow deadline will be forgiven. If they come up short, expect plenty of second guessing. Of all the NL teams, the Braves were the most aggressive buyers at the deadline, but that isnt saying much. Atlanta addressed its biggest need by re arming the bullpen with Shane Greene, Mark Melancon, and Chris Martin, who will help seal games alongside Luke Jackson and Anthony Swarzak. Theyre the best team in their own division but made no real attempt at trying to dethrone the Dodgers, but given how young the team is, thats probably fine. The Indians had one heck of a deadline. Not only did they address their outfield needs by adding the powerful duo of Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, they also avoided trading Trevor Bauer to a contender they might have to meet in the postseason. Cleveland is hot on the trail of Minnesota after beginning July eight games back in the AL Central. Sergio Romo and Sam Dyson wont inspire much confidence as deadline acquisitions, especially as Cleveland seriously loaded up. That alone has dropped the Twins just below their rivals even though the standings remain in their favor. The offense has nothing to worry about, but it wouldve been nice to have added an extra starter alongside Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, and Kyle Gibson. And if reports are true that they were miffed after Toronto didnt circle back with them on Marcus Stroman, stories of what could have been will be plentiful should the rotation struggle in crunch time. The Athletics didnt make as big a splash as they made during their postseason push in 2014 when they acquired Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija. However, they did reinforce a roster that continues to validate last seasons 97 win performance by adding Tanner Roark and Homer Bailey to the rotation and Jake Diekman, a sorely needed lefty in the bullpen. Prior to the deal, Ryan Buchter had been the only impactful southpaw in the relief corps, with respect to mop up man Wei Chung Wang. But who starts a wild card game for this team? And will prospects Jesus Luzardo or A.J. Puk factor in? The Rays have lost the early season traction they had and will likely need to settle for a wild card spot. However, they had a sneaky good deadline that will go largely unnoticed. They plucked Jesus Aguilar off the trash heap after the slugger hit 35 homers last year and bolstered their rotation and bullpen by acquiring Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson who is striking out 37 percent of batters. Add in a three game sweep of the Red Sox and the Rays are feeling pretty good. Washingtons biggest concern for most of the season has been its bullpen. Mike Rizzo waved his magic wand at the deadline by adding Hunter Strickland, Roenis Elias, and Daniel Hudson to provide Sean Doolittle some support. The additions should only help the improving Nationals, who are 33 18 since beginning June eight games under .500. The Cardinals entered the trade deadline atop the NL Central after the clubs hottest stretch of the season and did … absolutely nothing of consequence. Granted, the Cardinals rightly rejected any notion of trading top prospects Nolan Gorman and Dylan Carlson, but the paralysis on display should leave a bad taste in the mouths of fans. Although the Cardinals couldve used improvements to the bullpen and rotation, they also have question marks on the offensive side with Marcell Ozuna and Matt Carpenter injured. Paul Goldschmidt cant do it all, even if he looks the part of late. In the midst of a tight race with the Cardinals and Brewers atop the NL Central, the Cubs added Nick Castellanos, Tony Kemp, Derek Holland, and David Phelps. While the addition of Castellanos is impactful, the Cubs should thank their lucky stars both Milwaukee and St. Louis missed out on Zack Greinke or Madison Bumgarner. Craig Kimbrel also doesnt look like his old self with a 6.17 ERA and 7.25 FIP. A billion give or take relievers changed teams Wednesday, and the Red Sox didnt get any of them. The offense is good enough to thump Boston to victory on most nights, but failing to bolster the flailing bullpen could come back to haunt them, especially if Brandon Workman, Marcus Walden, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Matt Barnes dont consistently shut down opponents in the late innings. The rotation has also been especially poor of late. If Boston doesnt figure it out soon, its likely missing the postseason. The injury bug bit the starting rotation right before the deadline, yet the Brewers opted not to add anyone of significance for their stretch run. With Brandon Woodruff, Jhoulys Chacin, Jimmy Nelson, and Brent Suter all shelved, Milwaukee traded for Jordan Lyles 5.27 ERA , Drew Pomeranz 1.61 WHIP , and sent 2018 All Star Jesus Aguilar to the Rays for an unproven Jake Faria. Interesting strategy for the defending NL Central champs. The Phillies made a couple of low cost moves that will largely fall under the radar due to the fact they were headlined by Jason Vargas who is a solid but unspectacular addition. One they deserve credit for, though, is the addition of rental outfielder Corey Dickerson, who was acquired for cents on the dollar. Dickerson ranks better than Nicholas Castellanos in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging, and has been worth the same WAR despite playing 56 fewer games. The Mets are going for it? What looked like a sell off has turned into a second chance for the 2019 club, and so far it looks like its paying off. Winners of seven straight and boasting a rotation of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz, New York sits just four back of the second wild card spot. The Giants just wont go away. And thanks to being close enough in the wild card race, they elected to hold onto Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith while subsequently trading for Scooter Gennett. They also added intriguing middle infield prospect Mauricio Dubon from the Brewers for Drew Pomeranz, which seems like a big win. The farm system needs a lot of work, but its a step. Maybe Bumgarner re signs in the offseason and becomes a career Giant to give fans something extra to cheer for barring an unlikely postseason push in 2019. The D Backs certainly took the spotlight when they traded former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to the Astros for four prospects despite sitting just 3 1/2 games back of a wild card spot. While much of that move was focused on the future, GM Mike Hazen didnt completely bail on 2019, bringing in pitchers Mike Leake and Zac Gallen to preserve some playoff relevance. The Angels are within spitting distance of the second wild card, but its looking more and more like this will be another year without Mike Trout in the playoffs. As has become the norm in Anaheim, a lack of quality starting pitching only the Giants and Orioles starters have been worse likely sealed the Angels fate, and after finding no suitable deadline deals, theyll once again have to try and fix this problem in the offseason. But on a positive front, top prospect Jo Adell is getting closer to the bigs, as the 20 year old was just promoted to Triple A. On July 30, the Reds possessed a 4.7 percent probability of making the postseason, but that didnt stop them from acquiring Trevor Bauer. Despite Cincinnati sitting fourth in the division, its plus 29 run differential ranks second behind the Cubs. Theyll need a historic run over the remainder of the season, but the breakout of Josh VanMeter who owns a .950 OPS over his first 43 career games made Yasiel Puig expendable in order to bolster the rotation, which already ranks third in the NL by ERA. Texas entered the deadline looking like a team in sell mode. Its two moves of relevance included trading reliever Chris Martin to the Braves and acquiring injured pitcher Nate Jones from the White Sox. Veterans Mike Minor, Hunter Pence, and Shin Soo Choo all remain. It appears Asdrubal Cabreras time in Texas is up, though. The Rangers plan to designate the former All Star for assignment Friday. The Padres arent going to the playoffs this year unless they go on an incredible run in the final two months but theres plenty to be excited about. Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the most exciting players to watch and could be a future 40 40 candidate based on his production thus far. Trading fan favorite Franmil Reyes hurt, but theyre banking on another up and coming outfielder in Taylor Trammell who, until very recently, was among the most highly touted Reds prospects. An uninspiring deadline for the Rockies was likely to be expected for what has been, to date, an uninspiring team. Unsurprisingly, the clubs rotation ranks dead last in the majors by ERA, and eighth worst by FIP. Even more troubling is the fact nobody except Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon can hit, as the teams 84 wRC+ ranks 27th ahead of just the Giants, Tigers, and Marlins. There will be no squeaking into the playoffs this time around. A rough season got worse this week when it was announced starter Jameson Taillon would undergo season ending elbow surgery. The silver lining is it isnt a second Tommy John, and Taillon is expected to return to the mound in 2020. The Pirates will enter the offseason at a crossroads with an improving but not wholly impressive farm system while also not possessing major league assets that could yield much to restock. Maybe Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, or Chris Archer could bring something of worth back, but its emblematic of another extended period spent on the outside of contention. One month before Wednesdays deadline, the White Sox had their eyes on a playoff spot. A rotten July changed all of that after winning just seven games. They remained silent at the deadline, only trading longtime bullpen stalwart Nate Jones to the Rangers despite employing veterans Jose Abreu, James McCann, Alex Colome, Jon Jay, and Welington Castillo. Let the rebuild continue, I guess. As frustrating as the Mariners have been overall after a fun start to the season, there are reasons to be hopeful for the future. They have five top 100 prospects , and Justus Sheffield, a former blue chipper who could still rebound. By 2022, the Mariners could be back in the thick of a competitive AL West. In what was considered the most head scratching deal, the Jays traded Marcus Stroman their last remaining starting pitcher with top end abilities to the Mets days before the deadline for what seemed like an uninspiring package. Once the return for Trevor Bauer who has the same amount of team control remaining was known, it looked even worse. Cleveland wound up receiving major league assets Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes on top of pitching prospect Logan Allen, who was a consensus top 100 prospect entering the 2019 campaign. But at least Bo Bichette has arrived. Although the Marlins failed to find trade partners for veterans Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker, Martin Prado, and Starlin Castro, the front office had a sneaky good deadline. Miami acquired prospects Jesus Sanchez, Jazz Chisholm, and Lewin Diaz, immediately adding three highly regarded youngsters to its growing farm system. Also, Ryne Stanek has a new home to play the part of opener in. The Royals got their chores done well ahead of the trade deadline this year. Fully aware they needed to liquidate assets worth anything at all, K.C. shipped out Homer Bailey, Martin Maldonado, Jake Diekman, and Terrance Gore, with the latest deal brokered four days before the deadline. Thats a commendable temperament for a seller years away from contention. The Orioles trade deadline was about as relevant as their entire season. Baltimore didnt move its only real trade chips Mychal Givens, Trey Mancini, and Jonathan Villar after dealing Andrew Cashner to the Red Sox on July 13. With all of that being said, the Orioles did play .500 ball in July, with Anthony Santander .320/.346/.526 and Renato Nunez seven home runs, 19 RBIs doing most of the damage. The Tigers finally traded Nicholas Castellanos after he was on the block since last summer. Closer Shane Greene also got moved, and the Tigers added a few more pieces to the farm system. One of them is Travis Demeritte, who the club immediately promoted to the majors. Hell join catcher Jake Rogers among Detroits most recent call ups. As for who remains, Niko Goodrum, whos been quietly reliable 10 homers and 12 stolen bases in the last 30 days and, despite myriad trade rumors, ace Matthew Boyd. Copyright © 2019 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. Related slideshow: The 2019 MLB season Provided by imagn  

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