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Grading Every MLB Team’s Trade Deadline Performance

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Grading Every MLB Team's Trade Deadline Performance

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Baseball's trade deadline, one of the most exciting days of the year in sports, has come and gone with teams separating themselves as contenders and pretenders. Some teams sold out for this season while others stood pat, content with their current roster. Here is how each team performed at the trade deadline as the stretch run of the season approaches.

Oakland Athletics - A+

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Oakland Athletics - A+

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Key Acquisitions:
RHP Jeff Samardzija
LHP Jon Lester
RHP Jason Hammel
OF Jonny Gomes

Billy Beane and the Athletics have made it clear they're all in this season. Trading away their top two prospects as well as star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is proof of that. With an unreal rotation, the Athletics have to be looked at as the team to beat.

Los Angeles Angels - B+

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Los Angeles Angels - B+

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Key Acquisitions:
RHP Jason Grilli
RHP Huston Street

The Angels didn't do a whole lot at the trade deadline, but they did add two back-end relievers they were in desperate need of. Inserting Street into the closer role solidifies a unit that was otherwise shaky in the first half of the season.

Seattle Mariners - B+

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Seattle Mariners - B+

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Key Acquisitions:
OF Chris Denorfia
OF Austin Jackson

The Mariners didn't have to give up a whole lot to land the two key outfielders they acquired at the deadline. Denorfia gives them the left-handed outfield bat they coveted, and Jackson will provide a spark in the lineup down the stretch.

Houston Astros - B+

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Houston Astros - B+

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Key Acquisitions:
OF Jake Marisnick

The Astros, as expected, stood pat at the trade deadline. They continue to develop their young stars as they await reinforcements from the minor leagues. The one move Houston did make was shipping starter Jarred Cosart to Miami for outfielder Jake Marisnick. He is major league ready and could be a very nice piece moving forward.

Texas Rangers - C-

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Texas Rangers - C-

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Key Acquisitions:
None

Joakim Soria is the only tradable piece that Texas actually managed to move before the deadline and therefore gave up a big opportunity at grabbing some prospects. With players like Alex Rios and Adrian Beltre stuck on the team, the Rangers didn't improve their future at the deadline.

Detroit Tigers - A-

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Detroit Tigers - A-

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Key Acquisitions:
LHP David Price
RHP Joakim Soria

The Tigers landed the most coveted player on the market by sending away Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly and a prospect. Price makes that Detroit rotation look downright scary. By also adding Joakim Soria to the bullpen, there should be less worry about closer Joe Nathan's struggles.

Kansas City Royals - C-

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Kansas City Royals - C-

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Key Acquisitions:
RHP Jason Frasor

The Royals needed to do a lot this trade deadline in order to truly climb into the playoff picture, and they did virtually nothing. They added an arm to an already strong bullpen and didn't add to the lineup or starting rotation at all. With slugger Eric Hosmer now out 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture in his hand, KC could slowly slip out of the playoff picture.

Cleveland Indians - B

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Cleveland Indians - B

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Key Acquisitions:
OF James Ramsey

Apparently feeling like they're out of the playoff picture, the Indians dealt Justin Masterson to the Cardinals and SS Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals. However, they did grab James Ramsey from St. Louis who is a promising young outfielder.

Chicago White Sox - C

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Chicago White Sox - C

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Key Acquisitions:
None

The White Sox were surprisingly quiet at the deadline despite the fact they probably could've moved SS Alexei Ramirez. If they're unable to retain him, they could really regret not getting any prospects for their All-Star shortstop.

Minnesota Twins - B+

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Minnesota Twins - B+

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Key Acquisitions:
LHP Tommy Milone

The Twins went a long way toward building up their rotation for the future by picking up Milone from the Athletics. Clearly, he became expendable when Oakland made a flurry of deals to improve their rotation, and a change of scenery may really help the once promising starter in Minnesota.

Baltimore Orioles - B-

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Baltimore Orioles - B-

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Key Acquisitions:
RHP Andrew Miller

The Orioles were relatively quiet at the trade deadline, but they really didn't have any huge holes in any spots. They did land Miller from the Red Sox who should be a solid piece this season and in the future whether it be in the bullpen or starting rotation.

Toronto Blue Jays - B-

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Toronto Blue Jays - B-

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Key Acquisitions:
IF Mike Aviles

The current second wild card team in the AL didn't do much to improve their chances down the stretch. Another team in the need of a slight tuneup, Toronto didn't improve at the deadline which could cost them down the stretch.

New York Yankees - B

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New York Yankees - B

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Key Acquisitions:
3B Chase Headley
SS Stephen Drew

In Derek Jeter's last season in the majors, the Yankees made some tweaks to the lineup in order to improve down the stretch. The bats of Headley and Drew should surely lift the Bronx Bombers' lineup in the final two months and could propel them past the Blue Jays in the AL wild card race.

Tampa Bay Rays - F

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Tampa Bay Rays - F

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Key Acquisitions:
LHP Drew Smyly

The Rays completely struck out in their David Price trade. First of all, they're in the wild card race, so they didn't have to trade him. Then they traded him for a couple mid-level prospects and Drew Smyly. This deal makes absolutely no sense and is one of the worst on paper in quite some time.

Boston Red Sox - A-

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Boston Red Sox - A-

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Key Acquisitions:
OF Yoenis Cespedes
1B/OF Allen Craig
RHP Joe Kelly

Even though the Red Sox have been abysmal this season, they hit a few home runs at the deadline. They were able to pluck Cespedes from Oakland in the biggest shock of the deadline and then nabbed Craig and Kelly from the Cardinals for John Lackey. Overall, the Red Sox improved their future immensely in just one day.

Los Angeles Dodgers - C

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Los Angeles Dodgers - C

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Key Acquisitions:
2B Darwin Barney

The Dodgers did essentially nothing at the trade deadline, but luckily for them, neither did the Giants. Still, if they hope to advance to the World Series, one thought they would have to make a move or two to pass up another couple teams in the NL.

San Francisco Giants - B-

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San Francisco Giants - B-

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Key Acquisitions:
RHP Jake Peavy

Other than adding Peavy to an already solid rotation, the Giants did very little this trade deadline. They were glad not to overpay for some of the league's stars, but they still may not have improved enough to pass up the division leading Dodgers down the stretch.

San Diego Padres - B+

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San Diego Padres - B+

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Key Acquisitions:
3B Yangervis Solarte

San Diego was among the most active sellers at the deadline, trading 3B Chase Headley, closer Huston Street and OF Chris Denorfia. Grabbing Solarte from the Yankees was huge for this organization, because he's proven to be an offensive piece they can build around in the future.

Arizona Diamondbacks - B

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Arizona Diamondbacks - B

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Key Acquisitions:
None

The D'Backs were pretty quiet this trade deadline, but they did trade OF Gerardo Parra to the Brewers. They didn't receive any high-level prospects, but they're building their farm system up slowly, which is a good sign.

Colorado Rockies - D

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Colorado Rockies - D

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Key Acquisitions:
None

The Rockies needed to address their lack of organizational pitching depth this trade deadline by picking up some prospects. However, despite their several hitting trade chips, they did very little. Until they build up their pitching staff, it will be hard for the Rockies to get out of the basement of the NL West.

Milwaukee Brewers - B-

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Milwaukee Brewers - B-

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Key Acquisitions:
OF Gerardo Parra

With few holes, the Brewers decided not to add too much this deadline. Parra is a subtle, yet solid piece as he's a solid fielder with one of the best arms in the game. In the lineup, he should provide a spark for an already deep team.

St. Louis Cardinals - B

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St. Louis Cardinals - B

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Key Acquisitions:
RHP Justin Masterson
RHP John Lackey

The Cardinals greatly improved their rotation by adding two veteran arms in Masterson and Lackey, but they gave up a lot to do so. Since they have organizational outfield depth, shipping James Ramsey to Cleveland wasn't a big deal, but giving up 1B/OF Allen Craig and RHP Joe Kelly for a 35-year-old Lackey was a bit much.

Pittsburgh Pirates - C

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Pittsburgh Pirates - C

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Key Acquisitions:
None

As one of the teams most in need of a few role players, the Pirates got worse by default after doing nothing at the deadline. While the Cardinals bolstered their rotation and the Brewers added a solid outfield piece, the Pirates did nothing. This doesn't mean the Pirates can't contend, but things just got a lot tougher for the Bucs.

Cincinnati Reds - C-

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Cincinnati Reds - C-

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Key Acquisitions:
None

Slowly slipping out of the playoff picture, the Reds needed to do something at the deadline. They did absolutely nothing and even dangled pitcher Mat Latos' name to teams. This may be a sign that the front office feels this season might be a lost cause.

Chicago Cubs - B+

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Chicago Cubs - B+

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Key Acquisitions:
SS Addison Russell
LHP Felix Doubront

The Cubs were the most successful seller at the deadline in terms of what they got in future returns. They grabbed Russell, the No. 4 prospect in baseball before the season began, and also made a low-risk, high-reward deal to land Doubront, who began to lose his way in Boston.

Washington Nationals - B

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Washington Nationals - B

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Key Acquisitions:
SS Asdrubal Cabrera

They didn't make a lot of moves, but the deal the Nationals made was significant. Adding Cabrera's pop to their lineup could be what puts Washington over the top in the NL East and helps them hold off the hard-charging Braves.

Atlanta Braves - C-

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Atlanta Braves - C-

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Key Acquisitions:
IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio
LHP James Russell

It was generally thought that the Braves needed to make a splash this trade deadline. They didn't exactly do that. Their only move was with the Cubs, and they got a utility player and solid bullpen arm. While the move will make them better, it won't necessarily help them keep pace with the Nationals.

Miami Marlins - C+

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Miami Marlins - C+

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Key Acquisitions:
RHP Jarred Cosart

The Marlins wanted to add a starter to their rotation, and they did just that in trading for Cosart. However, they gave up one of their top prospects in Jake Marisnick in the process, which may not have been worth it.

New York Mets - C

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New York Mets - C

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Key Acquisitions:
None

It was rumored that the Mets would deal starter Bartolo Colon at the deadline, but they failed to do so. In doing so, they missed out on a chance at prospects. This will only make it take longer for the Mets to contend in the future.

Philadelphia Phillies - D

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Philadelphia Phillies - D

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Key Acquisitions:
None

The Phillies had such pieces as Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, yet they traded nobody as the deadline passed. They faced the challenge of most of those players having no-trade clauses. Of any team, the Phillies probably had the most ability to improve their future at the deadline, yet they weren't able to pull anything off.