The MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline is only six days away. As we approach this franchise-changing day, let’s take a look at the MLB Power Rankings.
30. Atlanta Braves (Last Week: 30)
The Braves can never seem to be able to get out of their own way. They should be poised to be trade deadline sellers, but they may not even have anyone of value to sell. The Braves have won just 1 out of every 3 games this year.
29. Tampa Bay Rays (Last Week: 28)
Oh how far the Tampa Bay Rays have fallen. They are identical 19-30 both at home and on the road, and are wasting another fine season by Evan Longoria.
28. Minnesota Twins (Last Week: 27)
The Twinkies have marginally improved over the last month or so, but it still isn’t anything to get excited about. The firing of GM Terry Ryan could lead to a roster shakeup this deadline day.
27. Cincinnati Reds (Last Week: 29)
The Reds roared back to life this past week, going 7-3. They can still hit the long ball, but they cannot pitch their way out of a paper bag. It’s been a long season in Cincy.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (Last Week: 23)
The fall of the D-Backs has shockingly continued. Once thought of as playoff hopefuls, they have been flat-out horrible this entire season. The scary part? They may not have even hit rock bottom yet.
25. Milwaukee Brewers (Last Week: 25)
The Brew Crew hasn’t tasted the playoffs since 2011, and that streak will get longer. Veterans Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy could and should be dealt at the deadline, furthering the rebuild.
24. San Diego Padres (Last Week: 21)
Much like the Brewers, the Padres have transitioned to sellers. They have already traded away Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz, and Melvin Upton Jr., and they are reaping the prospect rewards.
23. Oakland Athletics (Last Week: 26)
The Athletics haven’t played inspired baseball all year long, but they didn’t have their worst week last time around. Danny Valencia, Stephen Vogt, and Rich Hill should interest other teams.
22. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Last Week: 24)
Look who has risen from the dead! The Angels are far from flying high, but they have played solid baseball for a month or so. Still, they’ll certainly be deadline sellers.
21. Colorado Rockies (Last Week: 22)
The Rockies keep on keeping on, but not in a good way. They always find a way to finish with around 75 wins, and they appear to be well on their way to that fate this year. They’re wasting Nolan Arenado’s prime.
20. Kansas City Royals (Last Week: 19)
The Royals have been a disaster this year. They simply cannot win away from Kauffman Stadium and have been stricken by the dreaded World Series hangover. Their postseason chances sit at 3%.
19. Philadelphia Phillies (Last Week: 20)
While the Phillies have played slightly better ball for the past few weeks, they barely inch up in these rankings. They would be wise to acquire more prospects next week.
18. Chicago White Sox (Last Week: 16)
The ChiSox may be too trendy for their own good. After the Chris Sale throwback jersey fiasco, they need to get back to playing their brand of baseball. The problem is, nobody knows what brand that is. The ChiSox need an identity fast.
17. Seattle Mariners (Last Week: 18)
The M’s have been the Yankees of the West: an up-and-down bunch that only shows their potential in spurts. However, the Mariners had a good week last week and are getting healthy. A smart trade deadline could lead them to the playoffs.
16. Detroit Tigers (Last Week: 15)
It’s not that the Tigers have been bad, but they just haven’t been consistently good enough to snag a playoff spot. They need a starter and a reliever at the deadline this year, as per usual.
15. New York Yankees (Last Week: 17)
A strong series of games against contenders puts the Bombers into their best position of the season, but it may be too little too late. The trade of Aroldis Chapman was a steal, and it remains to be seen if the Yankees will be full-on sellers or not.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates (Last Week: 11)
The Pirates could practically smell the playoffs last week, but just like the Tigers, they fell to 5-5 on the week and sit 1.5 games out. They will be deadline buyers for sure and have the playoff pedigree.
13. St. Louis Cardinals (Last Week: 14)
The Cards cannot be closer to the playoffs than they are now (0.5 games back), but they have yet to inspire confidence in anyone. A thrifty deadline could help, though.
12. Miami Marlins (Last Week: 12)
The Marlins keep on sticking around like that pesky fly in the house that you just can’t get rid of. The Marlins have only made the playoffs twice, but they’ve won the World Series both times. That ought to make Marlins fans feel good about their chances this year, should they make it.
11. Houston Astros (Last Week: 13)
The Astros have roared back into postseason conversation, but they face a crucial series against the Yankees. The arrivals of Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel can only help.
10. New York Mets (Last Week: 7)
The Mets haven’t been as dominant this year as they were last summer, but as long as they make the playoffs, they’ll be dangerous. However, fighting off the Marlins has been tougher than expected.
9. Toronto Blue Jays (Last Week: 9)
The Blue Jays always end up in the 9 spot, but that’s not a bad thing; their remarkable consistency is an admirable trait. The return of Jose Bautista will be a big boost for the Jays.
8. Boston Red Sox (Last Week: 10)
The Red Sox tasted first place in the division last week before quickly settling back to their customary second place. They loaded up at the deadline and look the part as legit contenders.
7. Texas Rangers (Last Week: 5)
Injuries have robbed the Rangers of their earlier success. They may seek veteran reinforcements to replace the injured Prince Fielder, Shin-Shoo Choo and Colby Lewis.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (Last Week: 6)
The Dodgers actually got better after Clayton Kershaw hit the DL, but how much longer can this last? If Kershaw really isn’t coming back, the Dodgers will eventually crash back down to earth.
5. Cleveland Indians (Last Week: 4)
The Indians are coming fresh off of a sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. They don’t look quite as formidable now that their winning streak is over, but they remain AL Central favorites.
4. Baltimore Orioles (Last Week: 8)
After a frustrating two weeks, the Orioles have won 5 straight games and have reclaimed first place in the AL East. They have the ultimate home field advantage, going a ridiculous 37-14 at Oriole Park.
3. Washington Nationals (Last Week: 2)
The Nationals just keep on winning. Baseball is good down in Maryland this year, as the O’s and Nats are tearing up the league. A Battle of Maryland World Series sure would be intriguing.
2. San Francisco Giants (Last Week: 1)
Surprisingly, the Giants have been the MLB’s worst team after the All-Star Break, although Giant fans shouldn’t panic. Still, they have only won 2 of their last 10 games, which costs them the top spot in these rankings.
1. Chicago Cubs (Last Week: 3)
The Cubs have reclaimed the top spot in this week’s MLB Power Rankings. They are the only club with a .600+ winning percentage and bolstered their bullpen with the addition of Aroldis Chapman. It is World Series or Bust for the North Siders this year.