The month of July is here, and that means two things in baseball: the MLB All-Star Game and the wheelings and dealings that come with the July 31 trade deadline.
With the line between buyer and seller becoming more clear by the day, what happens over the next month will play a huge role in how the postseason picture shakes out.
While landing a high-priced trade target at the deadline can make all the difference, getting solid production at a bargain price is just as important for contention. With that in mind, I've decided to take a look at who ranks as the biggest bargain for each team in the first half of the season.
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.
*All salary information via Cot's Baseball Contracts. Salary totals reflect what the player will make for the entire 2013 season, not what he has made to this point.
**Special note to the reader
Those of you who regularly read my power rankings have likely noticed that I try to come up with a different area of focus for my analysis each week. This week's focus is on the biggest bargain for each team, last week's was on what to watch for in the second half, etc. It's admittedly not easy coming up with a fresh, engaging idea each week, so I'm opening the floor to suggestions. If you have an idea for what I should focus on in a future power rankings piece, just leave a comment, and I'll take it into consideration. Thanks.