Texas Rangers Trades: Mike Adams and Koji Uehara Enough To Keep Lead in AL West?

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Texas Rangers Trades: Mike Adams and Koji Uehara Enough To Keep Lead in AL West?
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He'll look much better in a Rangers' cap.

It's certainly not breaking news that the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline has come to a close.  And just like every year hence, some teams made out big, some teams were ripped off, and some teams chose to stay with what they have.

In the American League West, only one team really made a splash at the Deadline—the Texas Rangers.

Although a first place team for the majority of the season, the Rangers certainly needed help in the bullpen—even their best reliever, Neftali Feliz, has flashed some serious inconsistencies.

And by adding two of the best relievers in the game, the Rangers certainly addressed their biggest weakness.

Many experts thought that the Rangers had the finest deadline deals in all of MLB—as they acquired outstanding relievers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara.

As for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim—they did absolutely nothing. Honestly, I'm not going to chastise the Angels for abstaining from the Trade Deadline phenomenon. Let's face it—they're only two games out.

Barring a team-wide meltdown of Jered Weaver vs. the Tigers proportions, they'll probably hang around until the end.

With the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners playing a brand of baseball much more suitable for Church Leagues rather than the Big Leagues, the AL West is definitely a two-horse race. 

Will the Rangers' two new bullpen pieces be enough to finally add some breathing room and maybe a few games to their AL West lead?

Is the Angels' core group of talent enough to overtake the Rangers—without the benefit of a trade?

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