The trade deadline is fast approaching, and so far it has been an unusually quiet year for trades. That is likely to change in the days to come, though, as more teams than ever are looking to buy with two wild-card spots up for grabs.
It was an interesting week at the top, as the White Sox and Mets plummeted, while the Reds, Tigers and Pirates continued to climb. The story of the week (and really of the second half), however, is the Oakland A's, as they closed the week with a sweep of the Yankees, a team with a payroll nearly three times their own.
So here are this week's MLB power rankings. Be sure to check back here each Monday morning for an updated look at where your favorite team stands.
*Note: Rosters taken from MLBDepthCharts.com.