MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 MLB Teams Stand Post-2016 Trade Deadline

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2016

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 MLB Teams Stand Post-2016 Trade Deadline

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    Jonathan Lucroy waved goodbye to the Milwaukee Brewers and said hello to a potential World Series contender in the Texas Rangers.
    Jonathan Lucroy waved goodbye to the Milwaukee Brewers and said hello to a potential World Series contender in the Texas Rangers.Dylan Buell/Getty Images

    The 2016 MLB trade deadline came and went Monday afternoon. After a flurry of activity, the MLB landscape has been significantly altered.

    Generally a Monday morning staple, we held off an extra day on this week's MLB power rankings so as to include all of the deadline action in determining where teams fall this time around.

    While recent performance still played a role in shifting positions, as it does in our normal rankings, the main focus this time around was on what teams did at the deadline.

    A look at each club's notable transactions recently, as well as a grade for overall activity on this year's trade market, was provided.

    As always, the focus of these rankings was on where a team currently stands compared to the rest of the league. With that being said, a club could receive an "A" grade for scooping up some good prospects at the deadline but still fall in the rankings due to the big league talent it gave up.

    Just something to keep in mind.

    And, as always, one thing remains true: These rankings are a fluid process, with teams moving up or down based on where they ranked the previous week. If a club keeps winning, it will keep climbing—it's as simple as that.

30. Atlanta Braves (37-68, Previous: 30)

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    Matt Kemp gives the Braves a right-handed veteran power bat for cheap.
    Matt Kemp gives the Braves a right-handed veteran power bat for cheap.Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

       

    Deadline Deals

    • July 27: RHP Lucas Harrell, LHP Dario Alvarez traded to Texas Rangers for 2B Travis Demeritte
    • July 30: RF Matt Kemp acquired from San Diego Padres for IF/OF Hector Olivera

       

    Deadline Overview

    With the decision to hold onto ace Julio Teheran coming long before the deadline arrived, the Atlanta Braves didn't have much in the way of movable parts at this year's deadline.

    They still managed to turn a pair of scrap-heap finds in Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez into a solid prospect in slugging second baseman Travis Demeritte, who now checks in as the No. 9 prospect in the organization, per MLB.com's Prospect Watch.

    Then they surprised more than a few people by trading for veteran outfielder Matt Kemp.

    He's owed $21.75 million each of the next three years, but $6 million of that will be paid by the Dodgers and Padres.

    With a .774 OPS, 24 doubles and 23 home runs, he brings a veteran presence and some much-needed righty pop to the young Braves lineup.

    The team will likely look to move veteran reliever Jim Johnson in an August waiver deal and will continue the search for an answer at the catcher position during the offseason, but all in all it was a successful deadline.

        

    Deadline Grade: B

29. San Diego Padres (46-60, Previous: 23)

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    Colin Rea briefly left the Padres organization, only to return on deadline day.
    Colin Rea briefly left the Padres organization, only to return on deadline day.Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-4

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 14: LHP Drew Pomeranz traded to Boston Red Sox for RHP Anderson Espinoza
    • July 26: OF Melvin Upton Jr. traded to Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Hansel Rodriguez
    • July 29: RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Colin Rea, RHP Tayron Guerrero traded to Miami Marlins for RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Carter Capps, 1B Josh Naylor, RHP Luis Castillo
    • July 30: RF Matt Kemp traded to Atlanta Braves for IF/OF Hector Olivera
    • Aug. 1: RHP Colin Rea acquired from Miami Marlins for RHP Luis Castillo

       

    Deadline Overview

    Aside from not finding a taker for catcher Derek Norris, the deadline could not have gone much better for the San Diego Padres.

    They picked up a nice haul for Andrew Cashner, saved a good chunk of change by unloading Melvin Upton Jr. and Matt Kemp and acquired a new No. 1 overall prospect in right-hander Anderson Espinoza.

    An injury to Colin Rea immediately following his trade to Miami resulted in the team sending pitching prospect Luis Castillo back to the Marlins in return for Rea in an odd series of events.

    However, this deadline will be judged by the continued development of the aforementioned Espinoza.

    He's still just 18 years old, is already pitching at the Single-A level and has all the makings of a future ace for a Padres team that was in serious need of restocking the farm system.

    Trading away Kemp and Upton should also open the door for Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroetwo of the team's other top prospectsto get a long look down the stretch.

        

    Deadline Grade: B+

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-63, Previous: 28)

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    Reliever Daniel Hudson wound up staying put after hearing his name come up in trade talks.
    Reliever Daniel Hudson wound up staying put after hearing his name come up in trade talks.Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-5

       

    Deadline Deals

    • July 9: RHP Brad Ziegler traded to Boston Red Sox for SS Luis Alejandro Basabe, RHP Jose Almonte
    • July 31: RHP Tyler Clippard traded to New York Yankees for RHP Vicente Campos

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Arizona Diamondbacks entered the month of July with a trio of relievers in Brad Ziegler, Tyler Clippard and Daniel Hudson as the only real trade chips on the roster.

    Ziegler and Clippard both found new homes. Hudson is still a candidate to be moved in an August waiver deal, but his stock has dropped significantly leading up to the deadline, and a proposed deal to move him before the deadline actually fell through.

    The return package for Ziegler was uninspiring given the current market for high-end relief pitching, but they made up for it by picking up right-hander Vicente Campos from the New York Yankees in exchange for Clippard.

    Campos, 24, takes over as the new No. 4 prospect in the Diamondbacks system and has a chance to develop into a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter or a high-leverage reliever in the near future.

        

    Deadline Grade: B-

27. Minnesota Twins (41-64, Previous: 25)

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    The Twins were looking ahead to 2017 with the addition of Hector Santiago.
    The Twins were looking ahead to 2017 with the addition of Hector Santiago.Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-3

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 28: IF Eduardo Nunez traded to San Francisco Giants for LHP Adalberto Mejia
    • Aug. 1: LHP Fernando Abad traded to Boston Red Sox for RHP Pat Light
    • Aug. 1: LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Alan Busenitz acquired from Los Angeles Angels for RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Alex Meyer, cash

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Minnesota Twins sold off their two biggest trade assets in All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez and controllable lefty reliever Fernando Abad.

    In return, they picked up a left-handed pitcher close to making a big league impact in Adalberto Mejia, who is now the team's No. 11 prospect, and a right-handed reliever in Pat Light, who could reach the majors by season's end and checks in as their No. 15 prospect.

    There's nothing wrong with either of those moves, though it's a bit surprising they weren't able to get more for Nunez, who is controllable through next season, than a potential back-of-the-rotation starter with limited upside.

    They opted to hang onto veteran starter Ervin Santana, despite significant interest, with an eye on pushing to contend again next season.

    However, they were able to unload the contract of Ricky Nolasco on the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for left-hander Hector Santiago, who is controlled through 2017 and will plug nicely into next year's rotation.

       

    Deadline Grade: B

26. Milwaukee Brewers (47-57, Previous: 26)

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    Phil Bickford was part of an impressive prospect haul on deadline day for the Brewers.
    Phil Bickford was part of an impressive prospect haul on deadline day for the Brewers.Mark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Last Week: 6-1

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 7: IF Aaron Hill traded to Boston Red Sox for 2B Wendell Rijo, RHP Aaron Wilkerson
    • Aug. 1: LHP Will Smith traded to San Francisco Giants for RHP Phil Bickford, C Andrew Susac
    • Aug. 1: C Jonathan Lucroy, RHP Jeremy Jeffress traded to Texas Rangers for OF Lewis Brinson, RHP Luis Ortiz, PTBNL

        

    Deadline Overview

    It looked like it was going to be a disappointing deadline for the Milwaukee Brewers after a proposed deal to send Jonathan Lucroy to the Cleveland Indians was vetoed by the All-Star catcher.

    However, they managed to come to terms with the Texas Rangers for a return of outfielder Lewis Brinson, right-hander Luis Ortiz and a player to be named, sending closer Jeremy Jeffress to Texas as well.

    Brinson has struggled a bit this year after a huge 2015 season, but he still has upside and ranks as the No. 21 prospect in baseball and No. 2 prospect in the Brewers system.

    Ortiz, 20, is a solidly built righty with No. 2 starter upside who has moved quickly through the minors. He now ranks as the team's No. 5 prospect and behind only Josh Hader among pitching prospects.

    However, what really made the deadline a win for the Brewers was the return they landed for reliever Will Smith.

    The San Francisco Giants gave up their top prospect in right-hander Phil Bickford and young catcher Andrew Susac in exchange for the 27-year-old lefty who is under control through 2019.

    Bickford plugs in as the No. 6 prospect in the system and has legitimate front-line upside. Meanwhile, Susac gives the team a clear replacement for Lucroy behind the plate, and he's put together a nice season in Triple-A with an .801 OPS, 22 extra-base hits and quality defense.

    It would have been nice to pry Joey Gallo away from the Rangers, especially since they included Jeffress in the deal, but at the end of the day, the Brewers added three top prospects and a young catcher capable of immediately replacing Lucroy.

    Not too shabby.

       

    Deadline Grade: A-

25. Tampa Bay Rays (42-62, Previous: 29)

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    Matt Duffy will be a welcome addition to the Rays offense once he's back healthy.
    Matt Duffy will be a welcome addition to the Rays offense once he's back healthy.Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-1

       

    Deadline Deals

    • Aug. 1: OF Brandon Guyer traded to Cleveland Indians for OF Nathan Lukes, RHP Jhonleider Salinas
    • Aug. 1: LHP Matt Moore traded to San Francisco Giants for 3B Matt Duffy, SS Lucius Fox, RHP Michael Santos
    • Aug. 1: IF/OF Steve Pearce traded to Baltimore Orioles for C Jonah Heim   

       

    Deadline Overview

    After weeks of rumors surrounding the Tampa Bay Rays stable of young starting pitching, they wound up trading left-hander Matt Moore to the San Francisco Giants for Matt Duffy and a pair of prospects.

    Not the impact return the organization needed.

    Duffy was terrific as a rookie, but he played over his head based on peripheral numbers and track record. That's caught up to him this year with his OPS plummeting from .762 to .671, and he's also missed time with an Achilles injury.

    Throw in the fact that Duffy is best suited to play either third base or second base, positions currently occupied by the Rays' two best hitters in Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe, and this deal doesn't plug a hole or give them that offense boost they desperately needed.

    Lucius Fox is a good-looking prospect, but he's also a long way from making an impact as a 19-year-old in Single-A. Michael Santos is a decent arm with some upside who now ranks as the team's No. 30 prospect.

    None of the prospects they picked up for Brandon Guyer or Steve Pearce cracks the organization's top 30, and it's particularly surprising that they weren't able to get more for Pearce with a very reasonable contract and few productive bats available.

    All in all, not the deadline it could have or should have been for a Rays team that needs to stop spinning its tires.

        

    Deadline Grade: D

24. Cincinnati Reds (42-62, Previous: 27)

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    The Reds added another young talent to their system in Dilson Herrera.
    The Reds added another young talent to their system in Dilson Herrera.Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

       

    Deadline Deals

    • Aug. 1: OF Jay Bruce traded to New York Mets for IF Dilson Herrera, LHP Max Wotell

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Cincinnati Reds held one of the market's most valuable trade chips in Jay Bruce, and they walked away with a redundant piece in Dilson Herrera and a third-tier pitching prospect in Max Wotell.

    Yikes.

    Herrera is a quality prospect with some good offensive upside, but he's limited to second base and the Reds already have Jose Peraza in the same boat.

    Wotell is currently pitching in the rookie league after being taken in the third round of the 2015 draft. He has some upside, but only enough to check in as the team's No. 22 prospect.

    "With a good arm and some upside, the lefty has the chance to develop into a future big league starter, though a future as a lefty coming out of a bullpen isn't out of the question," wrote MLB.com's Prospect Watch.

    The real kicker is that earlier in the day, the two sides had agreed to a deal built around outfielder Brandon Nimmo and two other prospects, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post

    However, that fell apart due to an issue with the medicals.

    In renegotiating the deal, the Reds somehow downgraded from Nimmo to Herrera and lost a lower-level prospect in the process.

    They were also unable to complete a trade to send shortstop Zack Cozart to the Seattle Mariners, with Bob Dutton of the News Tribune reporting early in the day that a deal was close.

    Not a good day for a rebuilding Reds team that needed to nail it.

        

    Deadline Grade: D

23. Oakland Athletics (47-58, Previous: 21)

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    Danny Valencia could be on his way out in Oakland, despite not being traded.
    Danny Valencia could be on his way out in Oakland, despite not being traded.Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-4

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 30: Oakland Athletics traded OF Billy Burns to Kansas City Royals for OF Brett Eibner
    • Aug. 1: LHP Rich Hill, RF Josh Reddick traded to Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Grant Holmes, RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Jharel Cotton

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Oakland Athletics were put in a tough spot with the injury woes of Rich Hill, but they managed to come away with a solid return after packaging him with outfielder Josh Reddick in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Hill has not pitched since July 17 and has made just three starts since May 29, while Reddick also missed time earlier this season with a fractured thumb, so getting a quality return wasn't a given.

    However, they managed to walk away with a trio of quality pitching prospects in Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Jharel Cotton.

    Holmes is a bit undersized at 6'1" but should be able to stick as a starter, while Montas and Cotton are both currently lacking the secondary stuff to be long-term rotation pieces but have power arms that should be able to make an impact in some capacity.

    Holmes is the new No. 3 prospect in the A's system, with Montas coming in at No. 11 and Cotton close behind at No. 16.

    Hill and Reddick were both candidates for a qualifying offer if they weren't traded, but landing established prospect talent makes it a win for the A's.

    Infielder Danny Valencia was not moved at the deadline, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for him.

    He has an .834 OPS with 13 home runs in 320 plate appearances, but he's a liability on defense. With the A's looking to go young, he's a candidate to be designated for assignment, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

        

    Deadline Grade: B+

22. Philadelphia Phillies (48-59, Previous: 24)

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    Jeremy Hellickson is headed for a qualifying offer after staying put at the deadline.
    Jeremy Hellickson is headed for a qualifying offer after staying put at the deadline.Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-4

        

    Deadline Deals

    • None

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Philadelphia Phillies' decision to hold onto Jeremy Hellickson was an unfortunate one for the pitcher himself, but it made sense for the organization if it was unable to find a suitable return package.

    Hellickson will be one of the top starting pitching options on the free-agent market this coming winter, which makes him a prime candidate for a qualifying offer.

    If the Phillies were unable to land a top prospect in return for their best trade chip, holding onto him and taking the draft-pick compensation that comes with such an offer made the most sense.

    Unfortunately for Hellickson, that means he won't be joining a contender down the stretch and will have to deal with that QO impacting his stock in free agency.

    Beyond that, the Phillies had some interest in relievers Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez, but little else in the way of potential trade options.

    Hernandez is still a candidate to be dealt in August, and there was no rush to trade Gomez, who is controlled through next season, so the quiet deadline was not a major shock from the Phillies.

    Now get set for plenty of prospect promotions in the weeks to come.

        

    Deadline Grade: N/A

21. Los Angeles Angels (47-58, Previous: 22)

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    Ricky Nolasco joins an Angels staff in need of an innings eater.
    Ricky Nolasco joins an Angels staff in need of an innings eater.Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

       

    Deadline Deals

    • Aug. 1: RHP Ricky Nolasco, RHP Alex Meyer, cash acquired from Minnesota Twins for LHP Hector Santiago, RHP Alan Busenitz
    • Aug. 1: RHP Joe Smith traded to Chicago Cubs for RHP Jesus Castillo

        

    Deadline Overview

    The big move of the deadline for the Los Angeles Angels was flipping left-hander Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins for veteran Ricky Nolasco and hard-throwing prospect Alex Meyer.

    Nolasco is 4-8 with a 5.13 ERA in 21 starts this season, but his 4.29 FIP paints a more favorable picture of his performance.

    With the Twins paying down some of the $12 million he's owed next season, he'll be a cheap source of innings if nothing else, and if he pitches well, he carries a $13 million option with a $1 million buyout for 2018.

    They also managed to flip upcoming free agent Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs for pitching prospect Jesus Castillo.

    The 20-year-old has a 3.27 ERA, 1.182 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 33 innings at the Low-A level so far this year, and he has some projectability in his lanky 6'2" frame.

    Considering the Angels had little to work with in the way of trade chips, they did well to add a couple of decent pitching prospects and a potential bargain arm in Nolasco.

        

    Deadline Grade: B

20. New York Yankees (53-52, Previous: 16)

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    Clint Frazier headlined an impressive crop of prospects acquired by the Yankees.
    Clint Frazier headlined an impressive crop of prospects acquired by the Yankees.Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-4

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 25: LHP Aroldis Chapman traded to Chicago Cubs for RHP Adam Warren, SS Gleyber Torres, OF Billy McKinney, OF Rashad Crawford
    • July 31: LHP Andrew Miller traded to Cleveland Indians for OF Clint Frazier, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Ben Heller, RHP J.P. Feyereisen
    • July 31: RHP Tyler Clippard acquired from Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Vicente Campos
    • Aug. 1: OF Carlos Beltran traded to Texas Rangers for RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Nick Green, RHP Erik Swanson
    • Aug. 1: RHP Ivan Nova traded to Pittsburgh Pirates for two PTBNL

        

    Deadline Overview

    For the first time in recent memory the New York Yankees were sellers at the deadline, and they crushed it.

    By shipping out Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman and Carlos Beltran they were able to add a whopping 10 prospects, headlined by outfielder Clint Frazier, shortstop Gleyber Torres and left-hander Justus Sheffield.

    Frazier (No. 22 MLB prospect) and Torres (No. 24 MLB prospect) take over the top two spots on the organizational totem pole, while Sheffield now ranks as the club's top pitching prospect.

    They also picked up right-hander Dillon Tate, who went No. 4 overall in the 2015 draft, and outfielder Billy McKinney, who was ranked among the top 100 prospects in the league at the beginning of the year.

    All for a pair of expiring contracts and a setup reliever who was quickly replaced by former All-Star Tyler Clippard, who is signed through next season and will now take over eighth-inning duties ahead of Dellin Betances.

    This was a huge step for the Yankees and makes them a scary team looking to the future.

    Hulking outfield prospect Aaron Judge figures to replace Beltran as the everyday right fielder once he returns from a knee injury, and more young talent will surely follow.

        

    Deadline Grade: A+

19. Kansas City Royals (50-55, Previous: 18)

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    Closer Wade Davis hit the disabled list and was effectively removed from the trade block.
    Closer Wade Davis hit the disabled list and was effectively removed from the trade block.Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-6

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 30: OF Billy Burns acquired from Oakland Athletics for OF Brett Eibner

        

    Deadline Overview

    At five games under .500 and coming off a 1-6 week, the Kansas City Royals' chances of contending are quickly slipping away, and selling at the deadline seemed like a very real possibility.

    Instead, they did nothing.

    That was partially due to the fact that their most attractive trade chip—closer Wade Davislanded on the disabled list with a forearm strain, but there were other movable parts on the roster.

    Veteran starters Ian Kennedy and Edinson Volquez, slugger Kendrys Morales and reliever Luke Hochevar all seemed like candidates to at least be shopped, yet there was not so much as a whisper out of Royals camp leading up to the deadline.

    By all accounts, they may very well have hit the snooze button a few hundred times and slept right through to 4 p.m. ET.

    No one expected the Royals to blow up a roster that won the World Series less than 12 months ago, but for a small-market team, anything they could have done to save a few bucks and add some prospect talent would have been a proactive move for the organization.

        

    Deadline Grade: F

18. Pittsburgh Pirates (52-51, Previous: 14)

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    Pitching coach Ray Searage will now try to work his magic on Drew Hutchison.
    Pitching coach Ray Searage will now try to work his magic on Drew Hutchison.Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-4

       

    Deadline Deals

    • July 30: RHP Mark Melancon traded to Washington Nationals for LHP Felipe Rivero, LHP Taylor Hearn
    • Aug. 1: RHP Ivan Nova acquired from New York Yankees for two PTBNL
    • Aug. 1: LHP Antonio Bastardo acquired from New York Mets for LHP Jon Niese
    • Aug. 1: RHP Drew Hutchison acquired from Toronto Blue Jays for LHP Francisco Liriano, OF Harold Ramirez, C Reese McGuire

        

    Deadline Overview

    It was a puzzling deadline approach by a Pittsburgh Pirates team that is just 3.5 games out of the second NL wild-card spot.

    Selling high on closer Mark Melancon ahead of his upcoming free agency made sense, especially in this market, but instead they moved him for a pair of lefty relievers.

    Unloading the contract of Jon Niese made sense, but why do it for a struggling Antonio Bastardo, who is making $6.625 million next year?

    Then there was the big trade that went down with the Toronto Blue Jays just as the deadline hit.

    A straight one-for-one swap of Francisco Liriano and Drew Hutchison would have made sense on the surface.

    The Blue Jays get a proven veteran to help bolster their rotation down the stretch, while the Pirates pick up a controllable young arm who could thrive under the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage.

    Maybe the fact that Hutchison is under team control through 2018 is reason enough for the Pirates to kick in some cash in the deal or a mid-level prospect.

    But two of the organization's top-10 prospects?

    The Pirates shipped out their catcher of the future in Reese McGuire and a toolsy outfielder who has been raking the past two years in Harold Ramirez. And for what?

    Maybe they're convinced Hutchison can thrive in Pittsburgh, or maybe they weren't as high on McGuire and Ramirez internally as the scouting community. Whatever the case, trading young talent for financial flexibility seems counterproductive.

       

    Deadline Grade: F

17. Chicago White Sox (51-54, Previous: 20)

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    All the rumors didn't add up to a trade for the White Sox and Chris Sale.
    All the rumors didn't add up to a trade for the White Sox and Chris Sale.Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-4

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 31: LHP Zach Duke traded to St. Louis Cardinals for OF Charlie Tilson

        

    Deadline Overview

    There's nothing wrong with the Chicago White Sox opting to hold onto both Chris Sale and Jose Quintana at the deadline.

    Those two won't be any less valuable this coming offseason in a weak market for starting pitching, and there was no reason to move either of them unless the perfect offer came along.

    The trouble here is the team's complete lack of activity.

    Starter James Shields and reliever David Robertson both seemed like prime candidates to be dealt in a market thin on proven starting pitching options and overvaluing late-inning relief talent.

    Shields is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball right now with a 1.71 ERA in his last six starts. With the Padres paying $22 million of the $44 million left on his contract after this season, his price tag is far from a sticking point.

    Robertson hasn't been great this year with a 4.15 ERA, but he's converted 25 of 29 save chances and has a long track record of success.

    Instead, the White Sox flipped reliever Zach Duke to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfield prospect Charlie Tilson and called it a day.

        

    Deadline Grade: F

16. Colorado Rockies (52-53, Previous: 19)

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    Look for Boone Logan to be on the move in August.
    Look for Boone Logan to be on the move in August.Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-2

        

    Deadline Deals

    • None

        

    Deadline Overview

    It was a long shot that the Colorado Rockies would seriously entertain the idea of trading outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon, so a quiet trade deadline was somewhat expected.

    However, lefty reliever Boone Logan and starter Jorge De La Rosa both seemed like realistic trade candidates on expiring contracts.

    Logan struggled over the first two seasons of a three-year, $16.5 million deal, but he's been lights-out this year with a 3.19 ERA and 0.903 WHIP in 45 appearances while holding lefties to a .139 average and .417 OPS.

    Meanwhile, De La Rosa has a 5.51 ERA and 1.600 WHIP over 82 innings of work, but those numbers are inflated by an awful start to the year.

    Since June 9, he's gone 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.378 WHIP in 57.1 innings, turning in seven quality starts in his last eight appearances.

    Both players could still be moved in August waiver deals, but for the time being, their staying put looks like a missed opportunity to add more prospect talent to the farm system.

    Perhaps a run at their first winning record since 2010 was reason enough to stand pat.

        

    Deadline Grade: N/A

15. Seattle Mariners (52-52, Previous: 15)

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    Adam Lind looks like a prime candidate for an August waiver deal.
    Adam Lind looks like a prime candidate for an August waiver deal.Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-3

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 20: LHP Mike Montgomery, RHP Jordan Pries traded to Chicago Cubs for 1B Dan Vogelbach, RHP Paul Blackburn
    • July 26: RHP Joaquin Benoit traded to Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Drew Storen
    • July 31: LHP Wade Miley traded to Baltimore Orioles for LHP Ariel Miranda

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Seattle Mariners have managed to hang on the fringe of contention this year, so it's no surprise they opted to stand pat for the most part at the deadline.

    Their big move came earlier in July when they flipped swingman Mike Montgomery and minor league pitcher Jordan Pries to the Chicago Cubs for slugger Dan Vogelbach and right-hander Paul Blackburn.

    Expect to see Vogelbach in Seattle before the season is over, as he's hitting .304/.415/.528 with 18 home runs and 72 RBI in Triple-A this year.

    In fact, he could wind up replacing Adam Lind if he's moved in an August waiver deal, which seems like a very real possibility.

    The team wound up selling Wade Miley for far less than he cost them during the offseason, but unloading his contract was a decent move, and Ariel Miranda at least has a chance to be a useful left-hander out of the bullpen.

    It's been another disappointing season for the Mariners after a promising start. The deadline went as expected for a team stuck in that gray area between contending and selling.

        

    Deadline Grade: C

14. Baltimore Orioles (59-45, Previous: 2)

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    The Orioles are hoping Wade Miley can help solidify a shaky starting rotation.
    The Orioles are hoping Wade Miley can help solidify a shaky starting rotation.Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-5

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 31: LHP Wade Miley acquired from Seattle Mariners for LHP Ariel Miranda
    • Aug. 1: IF/OF Steve Pearce acquired from Tampa Bay Rays for C Jonah Heim

        

    Deadline Overview

    Here's what I wrote Monday in breaking down the Baltimore Orioles' deadline activity, or lack thereof:

    Problem—the starting rotation has been wildly inconsistent all season and ranks 27th in the majors with a 5.00 ERA.

    Solution—acquire a starting pitcher who has pitched to a 4.98 ERA in 112 innings of work this season.

    A 4.98 ERA is better than 5.00, right? Must be an upgrade.

    In all seriousness, if you're the first-place Baltimore Orioles and you have any hopes of holding onto that "first place" distinction for the remainder of the season, you have to do better than Wade Miley as your big deadline addition.

    "Wade Miley is a workhorse, veteran left-handed starter who likes to pitch and compete," team general manager Dan Duquette told reporters, per ESPN.com news services. "We think he will contribute to this year's club with some quality innings."

    Hey, he likes to pitch. That's always a plus.

    However, with a 4.75 FIP and 1.35 WHIP, his peripheral numbers don't exactly scream significant improvement to come.

    The Orioles have one of the best offenses in baseball, and it just got better with the addition of Steve Pearce, but can they really hope to slug their way to an AL East title?

    If they do manage to advance to October, some combination of Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Yovani Gallardo, Ubaldo Jimenez, Vance Worley, Mike Wright, Dylan Bundy and now Miley will make up the least-threatening postseason rotation in recent memory.

    Good luck.

    In a wide-open AL East race and with the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox both failing to make a deadline splash, the Orioles missed a golden opportunity to separate themselves from the pack.

    Even something like trading for Andrew Cashner and Jeremy Hellickson would have been enough to make them significantly better, and there's no one in their minor league system who should be deemed untouchable.

       

    Deadline Grade: F

13. Houston Astros (56-49, Previous: 8)

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    Yulieski Gurriel could be a real X-factor for the Astros down the stretch.
    Yulieski Gurriel could be a real X-factor for the Astros down the stretch.Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

    Last Week: 1-5

        

    Deadline Deals

    • Aug 1: RHP Scott Feldman traded to Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Lupe Chavez
    • Aug. 1: RHP Josh Fields traded to Los Angeles Dodgers for 1B Yordan Alvarez

        

    Deadline Overview

    It was a surprisingly quiet trade deadline for a Houston Astros team that made waves a year ago.

    Unloading the contract of Scott Feldman had been on the to-do list for some time, and picking up a quality low-level pitching prospect in Lupe Chavez from the Toronto Blue Jays made that deal a win.

    Flipping struggling reliever Josh Fields for 19-year-old first baseman Yordan Alvarez was also a nice under-the-radar move that could pay dividends down the line. The Cuban native signed a $2 million deal earlier this year.

    However, they failed to make an impact addition of any sort and in the process watched the busy Texas Rangers become the clear favorites in the AL West race.

    The team was in the market for bullpen help and a possible rotation upgrade, but instead it will rely on its in-house options with Joe Musgrove recently receiving a promotion and James Hoyt knocking on the door.

    Toronto could also get a boost from Cuban standout Yulieski Gurriel, who is currently shaking off the rust in the minors and trying to join the team for the stretch run after signing a five-year deal last month.

        

    Deadline Grade: C

12. Miami Marlins (57-49, Previous: 13)

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    The Marlins are counting on Andrew Cashner to bolster the rotation.
    The Marlins are counting on Andrew Cashner to bolster the rotation.Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

       

    Deadline Deals

    • July 29: RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Colin Rea, RHP Tayron Guerrero acquired from San Diego Padres for RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Carter Capps, 1B Josh Naylor, RHP Luis Castillo
    • Aug. 1: RHP Luis Castillo acquired from San Diego Padres for RHP Colin Rea

        

    Deadline Overview

    Here's what I wrote Monday in breaking down the Miami Marlins' deadline activity:

    After kicking the tires on a number of options on the trade market, the Marlins opted for a six-player trade with the San Diego Padres on July 29 that brought a pair of rotation pieces in Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea.

    Sometimes, striking early can set the market and result in a discount of sorts for the team that made the first move.

    This was not one of those times.

    After seeing how the rest of the deadline played out, it would appear the Marlins gave up too much when they shipped [Jarred] Cosart, Carter Capps and prospects Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo to the Padres.

    Then things just got weird.

    Rea made his Marlins debut on Saturday, but he lasted just 3.1 innings before exiting the game with a right elbow sprain.

    Apparently unhappy with their damaged goods, the Marlins then announced they sent Rea back to the Padres on Monday and reacquired Castillo. Call it a do-over.

    The Marlins gave up one of their top prospects in Naylor, an electric (albeit injured) bullpen arm in Capps and a potentially serviceable MLB starter with upside in Cosart to acquire two months of Cashner.

    And the back of their rotation remains a weakness with Rea now out of the picture.

    That pretty well sums it up. For a Marlins team with a real shot at contending for a playoff spot, the deadline feels like a huge missed opportunity.

        

    Deadline Grade: D-

11. Detroit Tigers (57-48, Previous: 17)

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    After standing pat at the deadline the Tigers will be counting on a return to health from J.D. Martinez and others to provide a spark.
    After standing pat at the deadline the Tigers will be counting on a return to health from J.D. Martinez and others to provide a spark.Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 6-0

        

    Deadline Deals

    • None

        

    Deadline Overview

    With a thin farm system and a number of key pieces set to return from injury, the Detroit Tigers decided to roll the dice with their in-house talent as they look to secure a postseason spot.

    The Tigers cruised into deadline day fresh off a week that included series sweeps of the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, pulling them within four games of the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians and 1.5 games of the No. 2 wild-card spot.

    J.D. Martinez (fractured elbow) could be back sometime this coming week, while Jordan Zimmermann (neck strain) and Daniel Norris (strained oblique) are both currently on minor league rehab assignments.

    Getting that trio back to full health will make a bigger impact than anything the Tigers could have done on the trade market with their limited resources.

    Jayson Stark of ESPN reported leading up to the deadline that the Tigers had repeatedly balked at the idea of including either Matt Boyd or Norris in trades, and that sets them up better for the future with that duo ideally joining Michael Fulmer atop the rotation.

        

    Deadline Grade: N/A

10. New York Mets (54-51, Previous: 12)

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    The Mets will be hoping for a Cespedes-like impact from Jay Bruce.
    The Mets will be hoping for a Cespedes-like impact from Jay Bruce.Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-5

        

    Deadline Deals

    • Aug. 1: OF Jay Bruce acquired from Cincinnati Reds for IF Dilson Herrera, LHP Max Wotell
    • Aug. 1: LHP Jon Niese acquired from Pittsburgh Pirates for LHP Antonio Bastardo

        

    Deadline Overview

    The New York Mets have hit an absolutely atrocious .205 with runners in scoring position this season.

    Only the San Diego Padres have been worse over a full season with a .201 average in 1969, according to James Wagner of the New York Times.

    One man is not going to reverse an entire team's fortunes in the clutch, but the addition of Jay Bruce gives the club an obvious boost.

    Bruce is hitting .360 with runners in scoring position on the year and currently leads the National League with 80 RBI, despite hitting in the middle of a Cincinnati Reds lineup that ranks 21st in the majors in runs scored.

    Adding him to the lineup became a slam dunk when the return package heading to the Reds went from Brandon Nimmo and two low-level prospects to Dilson Herrera and one low-level prospect.

    The move to reacquire left-hander Jon Niese was also wise, if only to provide some temporary rotational depth until Zack Wheeler is back in the mix.

    Getting another late-inning bullpen arm would have been nice, and missing out on Jonathan Lucroy hurts, but it was still a successful deadline for the Mets.

    Whether it's enough for them to push their way into the playoff picture remains to be seen.

        

    Deadline Grade: B+

9. Boston Red Sox (58-46, Previous: 6)

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    Drew Pomeranz ranks as the Red Sox's biggest addition after a quiet deadline day.
    Drew Pomeranz ranks as the Red Sox's biggest addition after a quiet deadline day.Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

    Last Week: 2-5

       

    Deadline Deals

    • July 7: IF Aaron Hill acquired from Milwaukee Brewers for 2B Wendell Rijo, RHP Aaron Wilkerson
    • July 9: RHP Brad Ziegler acquired from Arizona Diamondbacks for SS Luis Alejandro Basabe, RHP Jose Almonte
    • July 14: LHP Drew Pomeranz acquired from San Diego Padres for RHP Anderson Espinoza
    • Aug. 1: LHP Fernando Abad acquired from Minnesota Twins for RHP Pat Light

        

    Deadline Overview

    The bulk of the Boston Red Sox trade activity came weeks ago, and while the fanbase wasn't thrilled with their quiet approach Monday, they appear to be in a great position to win the AL East.

    The Baltimore Orioles failed to address their shaky starting rotation, and the Toronto Blue Jays settled on Francisco Liriano (5.46 ERA) as the eventual replacement for Aaron Sanchez once he moves to the bullpen.

    Drew Pomeranz has not been the impact addition to the rotation the Red Sox were hoping for when they surrendered top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza, posting a 7.53 ERA in his first three starts, but it's still way too early to write off that pickup as a bust.

    They may not have made a splash on deadline day, but the Red Sox did pick up another quality bullpen piece in Fernando Abad for 25-year-old relief prospect Pat Light.

    The 30-year-old has a 2.65 ERA, 1.206 WHIP and 7.7 K/9 in 39 appearances, holding lefties to a .163 average and .458 OPS on the year.

    Prospect Andrew Benintendi, who saw his name pop up plenty in trade rumors, will be jumping straight from Double-A to the majors, as he will join the team Tuesday, according to Evan Drellich and Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

    He could very well make a deadline-addition type impact and seize the everyday left field job after posting a .312/.378/.532 line with 52 extra-base hits and 16 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A.

        

    Deadline Grade: B-

8. St. Louis Cardinals (56-49, Previous: 10)

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    The Cardinals went the veteran reliever route once again with the addition of Zach Duke.
    The Cardinals went the veteran reliever route once again with the addition of Zach Duke.Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

       

    Deadline Deals

    • July 31: LHP Zach Duke acquired from Chicago White Sox for OF Charlie Tilson

        

    Deadline Overview

    The St. Louis Cardinals have been playing very good baseball of late, going 12-7 in their last 19 games to pull within a half-game of the second NL wild-card spot.

    While they have dealt with their fair share of injuries and individual struggles, there really was no glaring hole to fill at the deadline. A low-cost addition to the bullpen seemed like the most likely target.

    They found their man in left-hander Zach Duke of the Chicago White Sox, sending outfielder Charlie Tilson in exchange.

    Duke, 33, has pitched to a 2.63 ERA, 1.248 WHIP and 10.0 K/9 with 20 holds in what was an AL-high 53 appearances on the year.

    He's also more than just a rental with a reasonable $5.5 million salary for next season, giving the Cardinals a quality bullpen piece at a fixed price while the price of relievers continues to skyrocket.

    The Cardinals value their in-house talent too much to make a splashy deadline deal, so this was really as good a pickup as the organization could have hoped for.

        

    Deadline Grade: B+

7. Toronto Blue Jays (59-47, Previous: 11)

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    It looks like Francisco Liriano will be the replacement for Aaron Sanchez in the rotation.
    It looks like Francisco Liriano will be the replacement for Aaron Sanchez in the rotation.Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

       

    Deadline Deals

    • July 26: OF Melvin Upton acquired from San Diego Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez
    • July 26: RHP Joaquin Benoit acquired from Seattle Mariners for RHP Drew Storen
    • Aug 1: RHP Scott Feldman acquired from Houston Astros for RHP Lupe Chavez
    • Aug. 1: RHP Mike Bolsinger acquired from Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Jesse Chavez, cash
    • Aug. 1: LHP Francisco Liriano, OF Harold Ramirez, C Reese McGuire acquired from Pittsburgh Pirates for RHP Drew Hutchison

        

    Deadline Overview

    That's a lot to digest in the "deadline deals" section above, but the gist of it at the MLB level is that the Toronto Blue Jays added Francisco Liriano, Scott Feldman, Mike Bolsinger and Joaquin Benoit to the pitching staff in exchange for Drew Hutchison, Jesse Chavez and Drew Storen.

    That gives them a veteran starter in Liriano to step into the rotation once Aaron Sanchez is moved to the bullpen to limit his innings, as well as two more arms capable of starting in Feldman and Bolsinger who could also help out in relief.

    The real win for the Blue Jays comes in the added pieces of the Liriano trade, though.

    Capitalizing on a Pirates team desperate to unload Liriano's salary and placing a value on the two remaining years of team control that Hutchison carries, they were able to pick up a pair of top prospects in the deal.

    Catcher Reese McGuire and outfielder Harold Ramirez now rank as the No. 4 and No. 5 prospects in the Blue Jays system, respectively.

    So while they were able to add the starting pitching depth they needed, the Blue Jays also added some quality prospect talent to a farm system that has mortgaged a good deal of it in recent years.

    Liriano, Feldman and Bolsinger won't be confused with David Price anytime soon, but the Blue Jays are undoubtedly in a better position than they were pre-deadline.

        

    Deadline Grade: A

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (59-46, Previous: 4)

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    Josh Reddick gives the Dodgers outfield a much-needed boost.
    Josh Reddick gives the Dodgers outfield a much-needed boost.Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-2

        

    Deadline Deals

    • Aug. 1: SP Rich Hill, RF Josh Reddick acquired from Oakland Athletics for RHP Grant Holmes, RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Jharel Cotton
    • Aug. 1: RHP Jesse Chavez, cash acquired from Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Mike Bolsinger
    • Aug. 1: RHP Josh Fields acquired from Houston Astros for 1B Yordan Alvarez

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Los Angeles Dodgers will be counting on the health of veteran Rich Hill as they try to chase down the San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings.

    Hill has not pitched since July 17 and has made just three starts since May 29, as he was first sidelined with a groin injury and is now battling a blister.

    When he has managed to take the mound, he's been nothing short of brilliant, going 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA, 1.092 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings of work.

    He was acquired along with another free agent-to-be in Josh Reddick, who will help what has been a shaky outfield situation to say the least.

    Reddick is hitting .296/.368/.449 with 11 doubles and eight home runs in 272 at-bats, as he missed time earlier this year with a fractured thumb.

    The addition of Reddick leaves the struggling Yasiel Puig out of a job, and he was told not to accompany the team on its trip to Colorado on Monday afternoon because he would either be traded or demoted, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

    Aside from the one big trade, the Dodgers also picked up some bullpen help in swingman Jesse Chavez and hard-throwing Josh Fields.

    Fields was a key piece of the Houston Astros bullpen last season with a 3.55 ERA and 11.9 K/9 in 54 appearances. He's struggled to a 6.89 ERA in 15 appearances this season, but his 2.81 FIP and 11.5 K/9 give some hope that he can still be an impact arm.

        

    Deadline Grade: B+

5. San Francisco Giants (61-44, Previous: 7)

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    Eduardo Nunez has a clear path to the everyday third base job now that Matt Duffy has been traded.
    Eduardo Nunez has a clear path to the everyday third base job now that Matt Duffy has been traded.Brad Mangin/Getty Images

    Last Week: 3-4

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 28: IF Eduardo Nunez acquired from Minnesota Twins for LHP Adalberto Mejia
    • Aug. 1: LHP Will Smith acquired from Milwaukee Brewers for RHP Phil Bickford, C Andrew Susac
    • Aug. 1: LHP Matt Moore acquired from Tampa Bay Rays for 3B Matt Duffy, SS Lucius Fox, RHP Michael Santos

        

    Deadline Overview

    The San Francisco Giants did well to address their biggest areas of need at the deadline, albeit at a steep price from a prospect standpoint.

    Eduardo Nunez was acquired a few days before the deadline to provide some much-needed infield depth, and he will now take over as the team's everyday third baseman after Matt Duffy was shipped out in one of the two deadline-day deals.

    In serious need of bullpen help, the team gave up No. 1 overall prospect Phil Bickford and promising young catcher Andrew Susac to acquire left-hander Will Smith from the Milwaukee Brewers.

    That's a ton for a non-closer reliever, no question, but Smith comes with team control through the 2019 season and has pitched to a 3.27 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 11.8 K/9 since the start of 2013.

    They followed up that deal by addressing the need for another quality starting pitcher, adding left-hander Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays.

    That cost them Duffy, as well as 19-year-old shortstop prospect Lucius Fox and power right-hander Michael Santos.

    Moore, 27, is a former All-Star who has gone 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 130 innings this season. He missed time in 2014 and 2015 to Tommy John surgery, but he was once regarded as one of the game's top young pitchers.

    His contract carries three option years from 2017-2019 at $7 million, $9 million and $10 million, respectively, so he gives the Giants a fairly cheap, controllable arm.

    The Giants' window to win remains open, so it's hard to argue with the all-in strategy.

        

    Deadline Grade: A-

4. Washington Nationals (62-44, Previous: 5)

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    The Nationals got their late-inning bullpen arm in Mark Melancon.
    The Nationals got their late-inning bullpen arm in Mark Melancon.Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-3

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 30: RHP Mark Melancon acquired from Pittsburgh Pirates for LHP Felipe Rivero, LHP Taylor Hearn

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Chicago Cubs gave up four prospects, including Gleyber Torres, the No. 1 prospect in their system and No. 24 in all of baseball, to acquire Aroldis Chapman in the final year of his contract.

    The Washington Nationals gave up a left-handed reliever and a left-handed pitching prospect who now ranks No. 26 in the Pittsburgh Pirates system to acquire Mark Melancon in the final year of his contract.

    Here's how those two All-Star closers stack up since the start of the 2013 season:

    • Chapman: 222 G, 128/140 SV, 91.4 SV%, 2.05 ERA, 0.986 WHIP, 15.8 K/9
    • Melancon: 267 G, 130/144 SV, 90.3 SV%, 1.80 ERA, 0.926 WHIP, 8.3 K/9

    Obviously there's no one quite like Chapman in the game today, but Melancon has been lights out in his own right when it comes to nailing down saves, and the Nationals got him for a song.

    With a terrific starting rotation and an offense that ranks ninth in the majors in runs scored, the bullpen was the one glaring area of need for the Nationals.

    They picked up a top-tier closer and didn't mortgage any of their top-tier prospects in the process. Hard to call that anything but a win.

        

    Deadline Grade: A

3. Cleveland Indians (60-43, Previous: 3)

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    They missed out on Jonathan Lucroy, but the Indians landed a bullpen ace in Andrew Miller.
    They missed out on Jonathan Lucroy, but the Indians landed a bullpen ace in Andrew Miller.Jason Miller/Getty Images

    Last Week: 4-1

       

    Deadline Deals

    • July 31: LHP Andrew Miller acquired from New York Yankees for OF Clint Frazier, LHP Justus Sheffield, RP Ben Heller, RP J.P. Feyereisen
    • Aug. 1: OF Brandon Guyer acquired from Tampa Bay Rays for OF Nathan Lukes, RHP Jhonleider Salinas

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Cleveland Indians added one of the game's elite relievers to a pitching staff that is already one of the best in baseball, but the deadline still feels like a missed opportunity.

    While Andrew Miller gives them a serious weapon in the late innings and a dominant arm to lean on in the postseason, they failed to upgrade the offense as hoped.

    Brandon Guyer is a nice pickup with a .344 average and 1.082 OPS against left-handed pitching on the year.

    However, the story of their deadline was the one that got away.

    They were so close to landing catcher Jonathan Lucroy, only to have him veto the trade for fear of losing playing time to Yan Gomes when he returns next season.

    While it's unlikely that Lucroy would have wound up on the bench, the Indians could have shifted him to first base with a healthy Gomes back in the mix, and that may have negatively affected his value ahead of hitting the open market in 2018.

    They were also at least kicking the tires on Jay Bruce and others, per cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes, before settling on Guyer as their outfield addition.

    The Indians have to be considered among the favorites on the AL side of things, but they gave up a ton of prospect talent for a reliever (albeit a great one) and failed to find their impact bat, so it's hard to give them an "A" grade.

        

    Deadline Grade: B

2. Chicago Cubs (64-41, Previous: 1)

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    Aroldis Chapman is the key piece of an overhauled Cubs bullpen.
    Aroldis Chapman is the key piece of an overhauled Cubs bullpen.Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 20: LHP Mike Montgomery, RHP Jordan Pries acquired from Seattle Mariners for 1B Dan Vogelbach, RHP Paul Blackburn
    • July 25: LHP Aroldis Chapman acquired from New York Yankees for RHP Adam Warren, SS Gleyber Torres, OF Billy McKinney, OF Rashad Crawford
    • Aug. 1: RHP Joe Smith acquired from Los Angeles Angels for RHP Jesus Castillo

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Chicago Cubs' focus leading up to the deadline was on improving the bullpen around the late-inning trio of Pedro Strop, Travis Wood and Hector Rondon.

    They've done that with the splashy addition of Aroldis Chapman, as well as swingman Mike Montgomery and veteran setup man Joe Smith.

    They gave up a good deal to land Chapman, but big picture, it was nothing they couldn't afford to lose.

    Even if Gleyber Torres reaches his ceiling as an everyday shortstop with a plus hit tool, he doesn't have a spot on the Cubs infield. Billy McKinney has had a down year after starting the season ranked among the league's top 100 prospects, Rashad Crawford is a low-level flier, and Adam Warren was expendable after adding Montgomery.

    All things considered, the Cubs did what they had to do to give this team the best shot of winning it all here in 2016.

    There was some talk of targeting another starting pitcher, but with Kyle Hendricks emerging as one of the best pitchers in the NL, that was no longer a pressing need.

    The 26-year-old threw a complete-game shutout on Monday night and now ranks third in the NL with a 2.22 ERA on the season. 

        

    Deadline Grade: B+

1. Texas Rangers (62-44, Previous: 9)

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    Jeremy Jeffress and Jonathan Lucroy help make the Rangers one of the favorites in the American League.
    Jeremy Jeffress and Jonathan Lucroy help make the Rangers one of the favorites in the American League.Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

    Last Week: 5-2

        

    Deadline Deals

    • July 27: RHP Lucas Harrell, LHP Dario Alvarez acquired from Atlanta Braves for 2B Travis Demeritte
    • Aug. 1: OF Carlos Beltran acquired from New York Yankees for RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Nick Green, RHP Erik Swanson
    • Aug. 1: C Jonathan Lucroy, RHP Jeremy Jeffress acquired from Milwaukee Brewers for OF Lewis Brinson, RHP Luis Ortiz, PTBNL

        

    Deadline Overview

    The Texas Rangers won the trade deadline, it's as simple as that.

    Adding Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Beltran and Jeremy Jeffress to a team that was already one of the favorites in the American League gives them the look of a bona fide title contender.

    Using a stable of backup-catcher types, the Rangers have produced a passable .704 OPS with 15 home runs and 56 RBI at the position so far this season.

    Lucroy is a clear upgrade with an .841 OPS that includes 17 doubles, 13 home runs and 50 RBI to go along with his usual stellar defense and ability to handle a staff.

    Jeffress gives the bullpen another late-inning option capable of closing and he's been lights out this season with 27 saves in 28 chances and a 2.22 ERA. He's also under team control through the 2019 season.

    Then there's Beltran, who has hit .332/.441/.674 with 16 home runs and 40 RBI in 223 postseason plate appearances and is in the midst of a terrific regular season with an .890 OPS that includes 21 doubles and 22 home runs.

    Those trades cost the Rangers a trio of highly regarded prospects in Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and Dillon Tate, but notably absent from that list is slugger Joey Gallo.

    They also held onto left-hander Yohander Mendez, who has been a prospect on the rise and now takes over as the top arm down on the farm. They've traded a ton of prospect talent in recent years, but the Rangers still have a deep system that was by no means gutted by their deadline exploits.

    It's a flip of the coin between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers for the favorite in the American League right now, but the Rangers made a statement on deadline day.

        

    Deadline Grade: A+

        

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted. All prospect rankings come courtesy of MLB.com's Prospect Watch. The "last week" records reflect play from Monday, July 25, through Sunday, July 31.