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MLB Power Rankings: How Trade Deadline Reshapes League

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2016

MLB Power Rankings: How Trade Deadline Reshapes League

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    What do you mean it's over?

    Months and months of rumors, speculation and innuendo came to a head on Tuesday when baseball's non-waiver trade deadline came and went.

    In the days leading up to the deadline and the minutes before it was set to hit, we saw a number of trades go down, some bigger than others.

    Some teams made moves to contend for a World Series championship in 2012 while others made moves with an eye towards 2013 and beyond.

    What does it all mean?

    Let's see if we can figure it out.

30. Colorado Rockies

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    Deadline Deals:

    Acquired INF Charlie Culberson from the San Francisco Giants for INF Marco Scutaro and cash considerations.

    Traded RHP Jeremy Guthrie to Kansas City for LHP Jonathan Sanchez.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Sanchez has been just as bad as the man he was traded for, giving the Rockies virtually nothing as a starting pitcher.

    Colorado did nothing but dump salary here—there's no improvement for 2012 to be found.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Culberson could be the Rockies' second baseman of the future—or he could be a career utility player.

    He has power, speed and decent tools, but he isn't a patient hitter at the plate, swinging and missing far too often.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Rockies did virtually nothing to help themselves today or in the future. Culberson has talent, but he's far from a sure thing.

29. Houston Astros

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded RHP Brett Myers to the Chicago White Sox for RHP Matthew Heidenreich and LHP Blair Walters.

    Traded RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter to the Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins, C Carlos Perez and a player to be named later.

    Traded LHP Wandy Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for LHP Rudy Owens, LHP Colton Cain and OF Robbie Grossman.

    Traded 3B Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for IF Bobby Borchering and OF Marc Krauss.

     

    Impact in 2012

    It's all about the future in Houston. 2012 is an afterthought.

    Cordero is a decent closer, but on a bad team, does it really matter?

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    They may not have acquired a future superstar in any of these deals, but they acquired a number of players who could become solid contributors to the Astros for years to come.

    Both Borchering and Krauss have pop in their bats and while Krauss may ultimately wind up as a designated hitter, that works for the Astros as they get ready to switch to the AL West.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Astros may not have picked up any future All-Stars, but they added a number of quality prospects who could contribute to the cause for years to come.

28. San Diego Padres

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    Deadline Deals:

    None.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Nothing to see here, please disperse.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    The Padres were right to hold onto third baseman Chase Headley at the deadline. Chances are that they'll generate more interest in him this winter and move him for the package that they want.

    It's all about the future in San Diego.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Padres didn't add to their talent pool, but they were able to work out extensions with Carlos Quentin and Huston Street—and that counts for something.

27. Minnesota Twins

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded RHP Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox for IF Eduardo Escobar and LHP Pedro Hernandez.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Getting rid of Liriano, while it removes an experienced arm from the rotation, is addition by subtraction.

    He simply wasn't the player that he once was and his inability to throw strikes and get batters out wasn't helping a team that was desperate for starting pitchers.

    The Twins did well for themselves with the one move that they did make, as both Escobar and Hernandez could both see time in the majors sooner rather than later.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Hernandez, a 23-year-old lefty, should turn into a solid innings eater in the middle of the Twins' rotation.

    Escobar, 23, has primarily played shortstop throughout his minor league career. The Twins may try and see if he can handle second base with an eye towards him winning the position in spring training next season.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Twins didn't get the front-of-the-rotation starter that they need, but moving Liriano is addition by subtraction regardless of the return. They should have moved Josh Willingham, whose value will never be higher.

26. Kansas City Royals

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded LHP Jonathan Sanchez to the Colorado Rockies for RHP Jeremy Guthrie.

    Traded RHP J.C. Sulbaran and LHP Donnie Joseph to the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Jonathan Broxton.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Out of contention, the hope was that Guthrie would straighten himself out once he left Colorado and give the Royals some quality starts for the rest of the season. Instead, he's been shelled, allowing 11 earned runs and 15 hits over his first two starts.

    Donnie Joseph could get a crack at closing for the Royals down the stretch, pitching to a 1.72 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 11.4 K/9 over 44 games split between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    A free agent after the 2012 season, Guthrie could find himself looking for work again this winter if he's unable to turn things around.

    Sulbaran has the ceiling of a middle-of-the-rotation starter while Joseph could be the Royals' future closer.

     

    Bottom Line

    Guthrie looks like an unmitigated disaster, but Joseph and Sulbaran could both be keepers for the Royals.

25. Milwaukee Brewers

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded RHP Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for IF Jean Segura, RHP John Hellweg and RHP Ariel Pena.

    Traded C George Kottaras to the Oakland A's for RHP Fautino De Los Santos.

     

    Impact in 2012

    They had no hope of keeping Greinke past this season, so the Brewers did the best that they could under the circumstances.

    None of the players they acquired are expected to make an impact in 2012.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Segura is the Brewers' shortstop of the future and he should be starting for them in 2013.

    Hellweg projects to be a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm, while Pena is best suited for the 'pen.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Brewers got a solid return for Greinke, and while Hellweg isn't an ace in the making, picking up your shortstop for the next decade makes it a good deadline.

24. Chicago Cubs

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    Deadline Deals

    Traded LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson and cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Jaye Chapman.

    Traded C Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers for RHP Jacob Brigham

    Traded RHP Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for 3B Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks.

     

    Impact in 2012

    These moves are all part of the bigger picture in Chicago, which is a slow and steady rebuilding of the entire organization.

    Brigham, 24, could find his way into the Cubs' rotation before the end of the season. Over the last year-and-a-half in Double-A, he has posted a 4.38 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 8.4 K/9 ratio.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Of the five players that the Cubs acquired, none has as high an upside as Vizcaino, ranked the Braves' second-best prospect entering he season by Baseball America.

    Out for the season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, the 21-year-old could be stretched out with the potential for becoming a No. 2 or No. 3 starter—or he could wind up in the bullpen, where he wouldn't put as much wear and tear on his surgically repaired elbow.

    Villanueva, the Rangers' ninth-best prospect (per Baseball America), has speed, some power and the potential to become the Cubs' starting third baseman down the line.

    Over 425 plate appearances in High-A this season, the 21-year-old posted a .285/.356/.421 batting line with 10 home runs, 59 RBI and nine stolen bases.

     

    Bottom Line

    Slow and steady wins the race. The Cubs picked up quality prospects in exchange for the players they jettisoned, and the fact they were able to get Vizcaino is amazing. He could be something very special in Chicago. The rebuild is officially underway in the Windy City.

23. Seattle Mariners

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded RHP Brandon League to the Los Angeles Dodgers for OF Leon Landry and RHP Logan Bawcom.

    Traded OF Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees for RHP D.J. Mitchell and RHP Danny Farquhar.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Bawcom can slide into the Mariners bullpen immediately, though he'll likely stay in Double-A for the time being.

    Mitchell can help either the Mariners bullpen or rotation, depending on need.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    For a pitcher and an outfielder that they weren't going to keep past this season, the Mariners did very well for themselves.

    Bawcom and Farquhar both figure to be bullpen arms while Mitchell, a sinker ball specialist, can either start or relieve.

    Landry is having a breakout season in High-A and while he's still a few years away from making an impact, he may be the best outfield prospect the Mariners have in their system.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Mariners got a bunch of relievers and maybe a back-of-the-rotation arm, but Landry could develop into a legitimate outfield stud for the Mariners in a few years. They needed quality pieces and they got some, though adding more on offense would have been preferred.

22. Miami Marlins

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded 3B/SS Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Nathan Eovaldi and RHP Scott McGough.

    Traded 1B Gaby Sanchez and RHP Kyle Kaminska to the Pittsburgh Pirates for OF Gorkys Hernandez and a competitive balance pick.

    Traded RHP Edward Mujica to the St. Louis Cardinals for 3B Zack Cox.

     

    Impact in 2012

    This is the Marlins' version of re-tooling, and they did reasonably well for themselves with an eye towards 2013. The 2012 season might as well be scrapped.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Eovaldi has the potential to become a front-of-the-rotation starter and at worse, should be a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm.

    A former first-round pick, Cox figures to get the first crack at replacing Hanley Ramirez at third base for the Marlins.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Marlins hope that removing Hanley Ramirez from the clubhouse will get things moving in the right direction, though if Eovaldi fails to live up to expectations, things could quickly get ugly once again in South Florida.

21. Philadelphia Phillies

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    Deadline Deals:

    Trade OF Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for C Tommy Joseph, OF Nate Schierholtz and RHP Seth Rosin.

    Trade OF Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Ethan Martin and a player to be named later.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Schierholtz can immediately start in the Phillies outfield while Lindblom brings some stability to their bullpen.

    But this is about re-tooling the team to be competitive again in 2013—not 2012.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Of all the players which they acquired, Tommy Joseph is by far the most intriguing. A 21-year-old who has posted a .260/.313/.391 batting line in 335 Double-A plate appearances in 2012, other executives around the league love his upside.

     

    rival gm says catching prospect tommy joseph who goes to #philliesfrom SF in pence deal is "GREAT"

    — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2012

    Everyone that the Phillies acquired is under team control for the foreseeable future at reasonable prices—and that bodes well for the Phillies' future.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Phillies did remarkably well for themselves at the deadline, picking up pieces that help both now and in the future.

    If Joseph is anywhere as good as some believe him to be, then GM Ruben Amaro Jr. deserves more than a pat on the back for a job well done.

20. Cleveland Indians

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded RHP Steven Wright to the Boston Red Sox for 1B/LF Lars Anderson.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Anderson, 24, figures to get a look in Cleveland either in left field or at first base. In 401 plate appearances at Triple-A this season, he's posted a .259/.359/.415 batting line with nine home runs and 52 RBI.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    It was only two years ago that Anderson was a highly touted prospect, but he was seemingly always blocked by a veteran in Boston.

    With neither Johnny Damon, Shelley Duncan or Casey Kotchman part of Cleveland's long-term plans, this could wind up being one of the steals of the deadline if Anderson can deliver on his considerable talent with regular playing time in the majors.

     

    Bottom Line

    If Anderson lives up to his former hype, this was a great deadline for Indians' GM Matt Antonelli, as he'll have added an impact bat without giving up anything of value.

    If Anderson fails, it will be a forgotten deadline and the Indians will be in the same spot they are in now—good enough to contend, not good enough to win it all.

19. New York Mets

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    Deadline Deals:

    None.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Another body blow for a fanbase that has run out of patience with these four words: Fred and Jeff Wilpon.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    The Mets did absolutely nothing when they needed to show their fanbase that they not only had a plan, but had the desire to try and improve this year's team.

    Expect the Mets' to see attendance continue to drop as they continue to slide in the standings.

     

    Bottom Line

    Being a New York Islanders fan, I feel for Mets fans who hope and pray that competent ownership emerges and makes the Wilpons an offer that they can't refuse. The Mets did wrong by their fans and by the players on their team by doing nothing.

18. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Deadline Deals

    Traded OF Marc Krauss and IF/OF Bobby Borchering to the Houston Astros for 3B Chris Johnson.

    Traded 3B Ryan Roberts to the Tampa Bay Rays for 2B Tyler Bortnick.

    Traded LHP Craig Breslow to the Boston Red Sox for RHP Matt Albers and OF Scott Podsednik.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Chris Johnson is an immediate upgrade at third base for the Diamondbacks and it gives manager Kirk Gibson another solid bat to put in the lineup on a daily basis.

    Johnson already paid dividends Monday night, giving the Diamondbacks a 7-0 lead over the Dodgers with a grand slam off of Aaron Harang in the fifth inning.

    Albers is a slightly younger version of Breslow from the right side, albeit one who doesn't strike out as many batters.

    Podsednik is a speedy veteran who can serve as a pinch-runner off of the bench or a defensive replacement late in games.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Only 27 and under team control through the 2016 season, Johnson gives the Diamondbacks an affordable solution to their third-base woes for the foreseeable future.

    Tyler Bortnick is a speedy second baseman who has struggled to hit at the upper levels of the minor leagues. While he could wind up as a serviceable utility player in the big leagues, he's certainly not a highly thought of up-and-coming star.

     

    Bottom Line

    Chris Johnson stabilizes a position that the Diamondbacks have really lacked a quality answer at since the days of Matt Williams. While they didn't add the front-line starter some hoped they would, they still have Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs ready to make an impact in 2013.

17. Boston Red Sox

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    Deadline Deals

    Traded 1B/LF Lars Anderson to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Steven Wright.

    Traded RHP Matt Albers and OF Scott Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks for LHP Craig Breslow.

    Impact in 2012

    Breslow, 31, is a slight upgrade over the 29-year-old Albers. He's pitched to a 2.70 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 8.72 K/9 ratio in 40 games for the Diamondbacks. This will be his second stint in Boston, as he appeared in 15 games for them in 2006.

    Moving Podsednik could prove to be a risky proposition, thinning their considerable outfield depth. But with Carl Crawford no lock to be an everyday player down the stretch and Ryan Sweeney possibly out for the season, they could find themselves in a jam if outfielders start getting injured again.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Wright is a 27-year-old knuckleballer who has appeared in a total of 12 games above the Double-A level over his six-year minor league career. He doesn't figure to be part of Boston's long-term vision.

    Anderson could seemingly never stick in Boston, never playing in more than 18 games with Boston in any given season.

    Breslow is arbitration eligible following this season, so it's likely that he will remain a part of Boston's bullpen at least through 2013.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Red Sox made moves as if they're a contender, but even if they make the playoffs, they are ill-equipped to make a deep run. A roster overhaul could be in order this winter.

16. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded OF Travis Snider to the Pittsburgh Pirates for RHP Brad Lincoln.

    Traded RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins, C Carlos Perez, and a player to be named later to the Houston Astros for RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Toronto completely revamped their bullpen with these two moves, putting them in better position to make a run for a playoff spot than they were before.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    They managed to add pieces without giving up any of their best prospects, still leaving them with one of the deepest farm systems in baseball.

    Lincoln is an interesting addition, as he can start or relieve and is under team control through the 2017 season.

     

    Bottom Line

    I really like the Brad Lincoln acquisition—he's a quality pitcher who has flown under the radar for quite some time.

    That being said, sooner or later, Toronto is going to have to dip into their farm system to go out and acquire the big-time starter that they need atop their rotation if they have any thoughts of winning the AL East.

15. Baltimore Orioles

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    Deadline Deals

    None.

     

    Impact in 2012

    The Orioles are what they are—and they hope that's good enough to reach the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    The Orioles wanted to add some starting pitching to the mix and were heavily involved in negotiations to acquire Joe Blanton from the Phillies, but no agreement could be reached.

    #orioles declining to give up top infield prospect jon schoop for blanton. theres some smoke around joe b deal to balt tho

    — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2012

    They were wise to refuse moving Schoop, their third-best prospect (per Baseball America) for Blanton, who simply wasn't worth giving up that much for.

    It eventually came down to who would pay the bulk of the $3.02 million remaining on Blanton's contract for 2012:

    While Orioles fans are likely disappointed that they weren't able to upgrade the rotation, they are better off for it in the long run.

     

    Bottom Line

    I, for one, was hopeful that the Orioles would be able to acquire a corner infielder to shore up their offense, but it wasn't meant to be. They still need another quality starting pitcher, and they may have to consider moving Schoop in the winter to acquire one.

    Like the Indians, the Orioles are good enough to contend but not good enough to make a deep playoff run in 2012.

14. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Deadline Deals:

    None.

     

    Impact in 2012

    The Rays will go with what they've got, which probably isn't enough on offense to make the playoffs.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    The Rays sit with a plethora of pitchers who are attractive to a number of teams around the league. Look for them to move some of that excess pitching for a more permanent answer to their offensive woes this winter.

     

    Bottom Line

    Even if Evan Longoria returns to action and is the same player he was before the injury, the Rays need more offense to truly make a deep playoff run. It's not in the cards for 2012.

13. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded 3B Zack Cox to the Miami Marlins for RHP Edward Mujica.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Mujica will come in and try to bring some stability to the Cardinals' bullpen which has struggled to get the ball to closer Jason Motte.

    While his 2012 stats aren't impressive (0-3 with a 4.38 ERA, he has a 1.15 WHIP and has only walked nine batters in 39 innings pitched), with a quality defense behind him, Mujica will certainly help the Cardinals get through the middle innings far more smoothly than they have lately.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Mujica is signed through the 2013 season, so he'll be around for awhile.

    Cox was a former first-round pick by the Cardinals but with David Freese at third base, he didn't have a future in St. Louis.

     

    Bottom Line

    Mujica helps the Cardinals, but I don't think his addition alone will be enough to push them past the Pirates and Reds.

    Then again, we've learned that you can never count the Cardinals out.

12. Oakland A's

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded RHP Fautino De Los Santos to the Milwaukee Brewers for C George Kottaras.

     

    Impact in 2012

    It gives the A's a veteran to back up veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki while sending catcher-of-the-future Derek Norris back to Triple-A.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Under team control through the 2015 season, Kottaras figures to be Norris's primary backup in 2013 and should motivate the A's to find a new home for Suzuki this winter. 

     

    Bottom Line

    Ideally, the A's would have added to the left side of their infield, but by only making a small tweak, they basically remain where they started the day—a team that nobody can quite figure out, and one that nobody really wants to play.

11. Chicago White Sox

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    Deadline Deals

    Traded INF Eduardo Escobar and LHP Pedro Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins for LHP Francisco Liriano.

     

    Impact in 2012

    The White Sox wanted to add to their rotation even before news broke of All-Star Chris Sale's "dead arm," but is Liriano really an upgrade over their in-house candidates?

    He has once again been underwhelming in 2012, flashing his strikeout stuff (9.4 K/9) but walking far too many batters (5.0 BB/9) to be an effective starting pitcher—and he puts unnecessary strain on a team's bullpen who has to be ready to come into the game early and often when he takes the mound.

    While the potential is there for him to throw lights-out baseball for the White Sox, the potential is greater that he'll continue to struggle with his command and could cost the White Sox valuable games down the stretch.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    A free agent after the 2012 season, it would be surprising if Liriano amounted to any more than a two-month rental for the White Sox.  

     

    Bottom Line

    The White Sox needed another starter and they got the riskiest one available. There's no decent middle ground with Liriano—he's either awesome or he's awful. All signs point towards the latter, so relying on Liriano may be what undoes the White Sox season.

10. San Francisco Giants

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded C Tommy Joseph, OF Nate Schierholtz and RHP Seth Rosin to the Philadelphia Phillies for OF Hunter Pence.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Pence gives the Giants the impact bat they wanted to put in the middle of their lineup.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    The Giants paid a hefty price to acquire Pence, none more risky to move than C Tommy Joseph. While Buster Posey has the position on lockdown at the moment, sooner or later the Giants will likely look to move Posey out from behind the plate.

    Joseph was their best chance to not have a drastic drop off in production behind the plate when that happens.

    Pence is due a raise in arbitration this winter, and his price tag could reach the $15 million range. Can the Giants fit Pence and Melky Cabrera (who is due a hefty raise himself) under their budget for 2013 and beyond?

     

     

    Bottom Line

    The Giants ranking has little to do with what they did—don't get me wrong, Hunter Pence is a heck of a player—but they gave up a lot to get him, and the Dodgers did more to improve their team.

9. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Deadline Deals:

    Trade 1B/3B Casey McGehee to the New York Yankees for RHP Chad Qualls.

    Trade RHP Brad Lincoln to the Toronto Blue Jays for OF Travis Snider.

    Trade OF Gorkys Hernandez and competitive balance pick to the Miami Marlins for 1B Gaby Sanchez and RHP Kyle Kaminska.

    Trade LHP Rudy Owens, LHP Colton Cain and OF Robbie Grossman to the Houston Astros for LHP Wandy Rodriguez and cash considerations.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Rodriguez gives the Pirates another veteran starter to bolster their rotation, and Qualls is a quality reliever who replaces Lincoln in the Pirates bullpen.

    Both Sanchez and Snider have seen their stars diminish recently, but both are still relatively young players with considerable upside who can help Pittsburgh end their 20-year playoff drought this season.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    There's little not to like about what the Pirates did at the deadline. They acquired quality pieces for minimum value, not dealing any of their three best prospects to do so.

    Sanchez could be the Pirates' starting first baseman, Snider can start in a corner outfield spot, and Rodriguez is a veteran who can certainly help mentor both Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon when they arrive in the 'Burgh.

     

    Bottom Line

    I love what the Pirates did. They not only improved themselves in 2012, they set themselves up for success in the future—and they didn't have to give up their three best prospects to do it.

    Not only are the Pirates back, but they're going to win the NL Central this season.

8. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded RHP Nathan Eovaldi and RHP Scott McGough to the Miami Marlins for 3B/SS Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate.

    Traded OF Leon Landry and RHP Logan Bawcom to the Seattle Mariners for RHP Brandon League.

    Traded RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Ethan Martin and a player to be named later to the Philadelphia Phillies for OF Shane Victorino.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Ramirez is a struggling superstar who could find a rebirth in Los Angeles. What he can do offensively goes without saying—he's capable of putting up MVP-type numbers.

    While he's not great with the glove, he's a major upgrade over Juan Uribe at third base—a position he'll move back to once starting SS Dee Gordon returns to action.

    Choate is a solid left-hander out of the 'pen, and teams can never have enough of those.

    League is a bit of a questionable call—he went from closer to middle reliever in about a month in Seattle, and he's struggled to throw first-pitch strikes all season.

    Victorino gives the Dodgers the leadoff hitter that they desperately wanted to add and is an upgrade in left field defensively.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Ramirez is far-and-away the most talented player involved in any transaction that the Dodgers made, and if he returns to his previous form, it will be the steal of the deadline.

    What they gave up for League is a head-scratcher though—Bawcom could have helped the Dodgers' bullpen right now and Landry is having a phenomenal season in High-A. They could have acquired a better pitcher for the price that they paid.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Dodgers added three former All-Stars, two of which I think will have a resurgence in LA. While Brandon League remains a question mark, the Dodgers may have out-maneuvered the Giants to the NL West pennant.

7. Atlanta Braves

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    Deadline Deals

    Traded RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Jaye Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson and cash considerations.

     

    Impact in 2012

    The 30-year-old Maholm is certainly an upgrade over Jair Jurrjens, putting forth a quality season for the Cubs thus far in 2012 (9-6, 3.74 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 6.1 K/9)—and his ability to pitch deep into games will take some pressure off of the Braves' bullpen.

    Johnson is a quality player who can fill in at all three outfield positions. With Matt Diaz's right thumb keeping him on the sidelines, Johnson is a more than capable replacement as the Braves' fourth outfielder.

    The Braves added two veteran players who bolster their playoff chances for sure.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Maholm arrives with a $6.5 million team option on his contract for the 2013 season, a reasonable price for a serviceable starting pitcher and one that very well could be exercised.

    After two elbow scares involving Vizcaino, the Braves apparently weren't willing to see how he would bounce back in 2013. While Maholm certainly helps them now, dealing away their second best prospect (according to Baseball America) could prove to have been a mistake down the line.

     

    Bottom Line

    They gave up a lot to add the pieces they added, but the Braves are in solid shape to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the contenders for one of the NL Wild Card spots.

6. Detroit Tigers

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    Deadline Deals:

    Traded RHP Jacob Turner, LHP Brian Flynn, C Rob Brantly and 2013 draft pick in compensation round B to the Miami Marlins for RHP Anibal Sanchez, 2B Omar Infante and 2013 draft pick in compensation round A.

     

    Impact in 2012

    While he struggled in his first start wearing a Tigers' uniform, Sanchez adds depth to a rotation that lacked it after Justin Verlander.

    It also allows them to return Drew Smyly to Triple-A for some refinement with an eye towards being a full-time member of the 2013 rotation.

    Infante fills the gaping hole that has been second base in Detroit, bringing solid defense and a solid bat to the party.

    The Tigers did very well with the one move that they made leading up to the deadline.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    While Sanchez can become a free agent following the season, Infante is signed through 2013, giving the Tigers peace of mind at second base for at least one more season.

    The cost was expensive—but the Tigers are built to win now. By not including 3B Nick Castellanos or Smyly in any deal, the Tigers still have some quality youngsters working their way through the farm system.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Tigers plugged the biggest hole on their team with Infante, and the importance of that can't be understated. Sanchez is a solid pitcher who gives them depth. Detroit is poised to take control of the race in the AL Central.

5. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

27 of 31

    Deadline Deals:

    Traded SS Jean Segura, RHP John Hellweg and RHP Ariel Pena to the Milwaukee Brewers for RHP Zack Greinke.

     

    Impact in 2012

    You can't make a bigger impact to your rotation than by adding a former Cy Young award winner still in his prime. Greinke gives the Angels one of the best rotations in baseball with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Trading away three of your best prospects for a player who could be no more than a two-month rental is always risky, but you take that chance for a player like Greinke.

    Segura was blocked by Howie Kendrick at second base and Erick Aybar at shortstop, so he was expendable. With the rotation I laid out above—one that is likely to include Garrett Richards in 2013—both minor league arms were expendable as well.

    While he could sign elsewhere as a free agent, the Angels certainly have the finances to sign him long-term. Doing so would likely mark an end to both Dan Haren and Ervin Santana's time in Anaheim.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Angels struck first, but the Rangers struck last. Whether Dempster or Greinke pitches better could be the deciding factor in the AL West...unless the A's go on a streak and take the division title home themselves.

4. Cincinnati Reds

28 of 31

    Deadline Deals

    Traded RHP J.C. Sulbaran and LHP Donnie Joseph to the Kansas City Royals for RHP Jonathan Broxton.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Broxton, the closer in Kansas City, only strengthens a Reds' bullpen that boasts the lowest ERA (2.66) among all bullpens in baseball.

    With Aroldis Chapman closing, Broxton will likely find himself taking over the seventh or eighth inning.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    A free agent after the 2012 season, the Reds have no long-term commitment to Broxton that they need to worry about. He'll likely be looking for another chance to close as a free agent, making the chances of a return to Cincinnati slim.

    They did give up two decent prospects in Sulbaran and Joseph, with Sulbaran perhaps developing into a middle-of-the-rotation starter while Joseph's future lies in the bullpen.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Reds couldn't get the leadoff hitter that they wanted, so instead they added an All-Star closer to serve as a setup man for Aroldis Chapman, making the best bullpen in baseball even better.

    Teams don't want to get into the Reds' bullpen these days—it means the game is over.

3. Washington Nationals

29 of 31

    Deadline Deals:

    None.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Washington likes the team that they have—there wasn't much that they were looking to do anyway.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    There's no change to the future of the club—they are still a young, talented group of players who figure to only get better. 

     

    Bottom Line

    The Nationals will add pieces in the winter—they didn't need much to begin with.

2. Texas Rangers

30 of 31

    Deadline Deals:

    Traded 3B Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks to the Chicago Cubs for RHP Ryan Dempster.

    Traded RHP Jacob Brigham to the Chicago Cubs for C Geovany Soto.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Soto will backup Mike Napoli behind the plate, providing better defense than former backup Yorvit Torrealba.

    Dempster brings his career year over to the American League where he'll solidify a Rangers' rotation that has questions.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    The Rangers were able to acquire the pitcher they wanted without surrendering 3B Mike Olt or RHP Martin Perez, two players that they had no interest in moving.

    That being said, they did move some quality prospects to acquire Dempster and Soto, who could be the Rangers starting catcher in 2013 if they decide to part ways with Napoli.

     

    Bottom Line

    As I mentioned with the Angels, whoever pitches better between Dempster and Greinke very well could determine which team wins the AL West. Both clubs did a great job of adding pieces at the deadline without mortgaging the future.

1. New York Yankees

31 of 31

    Deadline Deals

    Traded RHP D.J. Mitchell and RHP Danny Farqhuar to the Seattle Mariners for OF Ichiro Suzuki.

    Traded RHP Chad Qualls to the Pittsburgh Pirates for IF Casey McGehee.

     

    Impact in 2012

    Ichiro gives the Yankees an everyday answer in left field, someone who can play right field when Nick Swisher is unavailable and a future Hall of Famer who may find himself re-energized being thrust into the media capital of the world and in the middle of a pennant race.

    Did I mention that he still has one of the best throwing arms in the game? That helps, too.

    McGehee will fill in at both 1B and 3B while Mark Teixiera and Alex Rodriguez are out of action, eventually moving to third and platooning with Eric Chavez until A-Rod is deemed ready to return.

    McGehee offers considerably more offensive firepower than Jayson Nix, who had been filling in at third with Chavez.

     

    Impact in 2013 and Beyond

    Neither Mitchell or Farquhar fit into the Yankees long-term plans and Qualls became expendable with the return to action of Joba Chamberlain.

    McGehee is under team control through the 2014 season so it's highly likely that he'll replace Eric Chavez going forward as the primary backup to both corner infield spots.

     

    Bottom Line

    The Yankees added Joba Chamberlain Tuesday night and David Aardsma isn't far behind. McGehee is the perfect player for this team and is likely to remind fans of Scott Brosius with how he plays the game.

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