MLB power rankings: The strong get stronger at deadline

BY foxsports • August 4, 2014

With Jon Lester in the fold, can the A's create some space from the Angels in the AL West? Oakland easily has the best rotation in baseball, but will they miss former cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes?

The Angels got a new closer from the Padres in Huston Street, but they still have to figure out a way to get past Oakland in the division.

The Orioles took two of three from the Angels and Mariners last week but didn't make any major moves at the deadline to improve the roster.

Washington added Asdrubal Cabrera to shore up the infield and further solidify the lineup. If everyone can remain healthy, the Nationals have a good chance to make a long playoff run.

Is David Price the missing piece to help the Tigers win a World Series? The former Cy Young winner paired with Detroit's already formidable pitching staff, along with its offense, could be the winning formula.

Josh Beckett has failed to get past the fifth inning for five consecutive outings and is 3-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 starts since his no-hitter on May 25.

Matt Holliday hit only six home runs in 339 at-bats before the All-Star break, but has hit six in just 51 at-bats since, including one Sunday to help the Cardinals get past the Brewers and close the gap in the NL Central.

Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen is listed as day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game early. The Pirates hope to get their star back soon or face an even more difficult task to return to the playoffs.

The Mariners picked up a quality center fielder in Austin Jackson to solidify the top of the lineup. Seattle is hoping he and Dustin Ackley will provide more RBI opportunities for the heart of the lineup.

Six straight losses entering the week have the Braves spiraling quickly in the NL East.

The Brewers have held the top spot in the NL Central for a majority of the season, but the Cardinals are looking stronger after the trade deadline.

Madison Bumgarner had a two-hit shutout, the second shutout of his career, throwing a remarkably low 94 pitches in a win over the Mets on the road.

The Rays made a comeback to jump back into the race for the AL East and wild card, but without David Price in the mix, is will be difficult to continue the climb.

Eric Hosmer will spends some time on the DL, and the Royals didn't add a bat at the trade deadline, opting for some bullpen help instead.

Swept the Red Sox after taking a series against the Yankees, but the Blue Jays' short win streak was stopped by the Astros on the road with three straight losses over the weekend.

Without all the necessary pieces to make a real run at the division, the Indians decided to be sellers at the trade deadline, dealing Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Reds didn't make a move at the deadline despite being just  4.5 games back entering the week.

Despite losing Mashiro Tanaka for the season (probably), the Yankees were busy at the trade deadline -- acquiring several talents in an attempt to make the playoffs in Derek Jeter's last year in baseball.

Rookie sensation Jose Abreu hit just one home run last week to bring his total to 31 on the season. He had his impressive hitting streak end at 21 games Saturday against the Twins.

Looking for another arm for the season stretch, the Marlins traded for former Astros Jarred Cosart. The starter will be under team control through the 2019 season.

Surprisingly, Bartolo Colon is still a member of the Mets after the trade deadline. His $11 million salary, at 42 years old, was likely the cause of being unable to find a trade partner.

The Twins gained a reliable starter in Tommy Milone at the trade deadline from the A's but didn't move any of their expiring contracts despite being out of the playoff race.

The Padres swept the Braves after collecting two straight walk-off wins. They also had a series win against the Cardinals to begin the week.

The Phillies need to start the rebuilding process but were unwilling or unable to make any moves at the trade deadline.

Taking two games from the A's and three from the Blue Jays last week has the Astros' confidence up once again. Trading Jarred Cosart is a short-term blow, but gaining Colin Moran and Jake Marisnick should improve the club in the long run.

With the odds stacked against them one season after being champions, the Red Sox were sellers at the deadline -- shipping off Jon Lester, John Lackey, Stephen Drew, Andrew Miller and Jake Peavy.

Edwin Jackson ended his seven-game winless streak as he took a victory over the Dodgers in LA on Sunday.

Paul Goldschmidt is likely out for the season with a broken hand after being hit by a pitch against the Pirates Friday night. It shouldn't make much different in the standings, as the Diamondbacks are far out of contention.

Troy Tulowitzki is already out until mid-August; now Carlos Gonzalez is in danger of joining him on the DL after getting injured on a sliding catch Friday in Detroit.

To add to the Rangers' injury woes, Shin-Soo Choo is dealing with a sprained ankle but will play through the injury -- splitting time starting at DH and in the outfield.


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