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MLB Power Rankings: Post-Trade Deadline Edition

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The trade deadline has come and gone, and there are teams that unloaded key assets while others added pieces that could put them over the top. Based on how teams have performed over the past week and how much better teams got at the trade deadline, this is how every team in the league stacks up.

30. Texas Rangers (43-68)

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30. Texas Rangers (43-68)

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Previous Ranking: 30

The Rangers continue to be the worst team in the league, and they didn't even unload much at the deadline. They will continue to struggle and might have an even harder time rebuilding for the future.

29. Colorado Rockies (44-67)

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29. Colorado Rockies (44-67)

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Previous Ranking: 28

The Rockies continue to struggle this season despite the fact they have a pretty high-powered offense. They failed to acquire any young pitching at the deadline, so their pitching could continue to be a weakness for the foreseeable future.

28. Houston Astros (47-65)

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28. Houston Astros (47-68)

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Previous Ranking: 29

Even though they've shown signs of life this season, the Astros still have plenty of room for improvement. They acquired Marlins prospect Jake Marisnick at the trade deadline, which adds to their young talent pool. There's reason to believe that the Astros could be competitive in a couple of years.

27. Chicago Cubs (47-63)

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27. Chicago Cubs (47-63)

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Previous Ranking: 27

The Cubs have finally leveled off since trading Samardzija and Hammel, and have actually played pretty well. They've gone 5-2 over their last seven games, which includes a road series win over the Dodgers. Wins and losses won't be the story for the Cubs the rest of the way -- the prospects they call up will be.

26. Philadelphia Phillies (49-63)

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26. Philadelphia Phillies (49-63)

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Previous Ranking: 26

The worst part of the Phillies' season isn't that they're sitting at 14 games under .500, it's that they weren't able to trade any of their assets at the deadline. Even though they were reportedly shopping Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, none of them were traded and thus the team didn't get any prospects for the future.

25. Arizona Diamondbacks (49-63)

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25. Arizona Diamondbacks (49-63)

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Previous Ranking: 25

They've spent all season trying to recover from their abysmal start to the season, but the Diamondbacks just can't get their heads above water. Arizona shipped away solid right fielder Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee and appears to be ready to flip the page to 2015.

24. Boston Red Sox (49-62)

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24. Boston Red Sox (49-62)

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Previous Ranking: 22

The Red Sox actually were one of the most improved team at the deadline in terms of future returns. However, they traded away Jake Peavy, Jon Lester and John Lackey, which means they're going to be hard-pressed to hold opposing teams for the remainder of the year. Red Sox Nation should feel better about the future, but 2014 is a lost cause.

23. San Diego Padres (51-60)

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23. San Diego Padres (51-60)

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Previous Ranking: 24

Based on how little noise they've made this season, most think the Padres are worse than they actually are. Even though they're nine games under .500, they've been playing relatively solid baseball and added young Yangervis Solarte to the mix. With him and other young talent, this could be a solid team in the future.

22. New York Mets (53-58)

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22. New York Mets (53-58)

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Previous Ranking: 21

Even though they've somehow remained in the Wild Card race in the NL, the Mets seem determined not to make a run. For quite some time, they've been hanging a few games under .500 and as they play more teams desperate for playoff spots, the record is likely to dip even further.

21. Minnesota Twins (50-60)

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21. Minnesota Twins (50-60)

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Previous Ranking: 23

While they won't compete this season, the Twins haven't completely tanked and also added some nice pieces at the deadline. They're best move was acquiring lefty Tommy Milone from the Athletics, as he should fit well into their rotation when they can compete for a playoff spot.

20. Tampa Bay Rays (54-57)

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20. Tampa Bay Rays (54-57)

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Previous Ranking: 12

The Rays were the biggest losers of the trade deadline as they not have to force a trade to ship off ace David Price. Nonetheless, they shipped him off and got two solid prospects and Drew Smyly. That package isn't nearly what Price is worth, and now the Rays have essentially mailed in the 2014 season.

19. Chicago White Sox (54-58)

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19. Chicago White Sox (54-58)

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Previous Ranking: 20

Even though they had a few tradable assets, the White Sox seemed content to stand pat at the deadline. Despite their lack of national coverage, the White Sox have hovered around .500; and with Chris Sale and Jose Abreu leading the way, this team appears to have a bright future.

18. Miami Marlins (54-57)

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18. Miami Marlins (54-57)

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Previous Ranking: 16

Still somewhat alive in the NL Wild Card race, the Marlins need to make a run soon. They traded for Jarred Cosart from the Astros and showed that they still want to compete for the playoffs. However, a move will have to be made soon if Miami hopes to be alive during the final month of the season.

17. Cleveland Indians (56-55)

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17. Cleveland Indians (56-55)

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Previous Ranking: 17

Despite the fact that they're still on the fringe of the AL Wild Card race, the Indians showed that they don't believe they're going to be in the race down the stretch. They traded away Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera, which will make them worse in the dog days of summer. Despite that, manager Terry Francona vows that the team will remain competitive.

16. Cincinnati Reds (56-55)

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16. Cincinnati Reds (56-55)

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Previous Ranking: 19

They're only 4.5 games out of the NL Central, but they made no effort to improve at the trade deadline and have to jump three teams in the division. The Reds are almost teasing their fans by staying pretty competitive even though they're unlikely to reach the postseason.

15. Atlanta Braves (58-54)

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15. Atlanta Braves (58-54)

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Previous Ranking: 11

Just when you thought the Braves couldn't underachieve anymore, they did. They also did very little at the trade deadline. It finally appears to be time for the Nationals to pull away with the division title.

14. Kansas City Royals (57-53)

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14. Kansas City Royals (57-53)

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Previous Ranking: 13

Even though they lost first baseman Eric Hosmer for 3-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his hand, the Royals have stayed competitive. Kansas City is actually just 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the AL, and given the fact they haven't made the playoffs since 1985, they could be desperate to play in October.

13. Seattle Mariners (57-54)

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13. Seattle Mariners (57-54)

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Previous Ranking: 18

Seattle made a statement that they're ready to compete deep into the season when they traded for outfielders Chris Denorfia and Austin Jackson. While that may not push them over the edge, it will certainly keep them competitive down the stretch.

12. New York Yankees (57-53)

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12. New York Yankees (57-53)

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Previous Ranking: 15

The Yankees pulled off several under-the-radar deals that could pay dividends down the stretch. They added players such as Stephen Drew and Martin Prado, which will ensure they stay in the race for the rest of the season.

11. Toronto Blue Jays (60-53)

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11. Toronto Blue Jays (60-53)

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Previous Ranking: 10

If the season ended today, the Blue Jays would play the Angels in the one-game Wild Card playoff in the AL. It's been a while since the Blue Jays were competitive, but with a young talented rotation and deep lineup, there's no reason to believe the Blue Jays shouldn't be playing in October.

10. Pittsburgh Pirates (59-52)

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10. Pittsburgh Pirates (59-52)

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Previous Ranking: 14

Right in the middle of the tight NL Central race, the Pirates are apparently happy with their current roster. They didn't make any big roster changes at the deadline, but the Pirates are primed to push for a playoff spot in the NL.

9. San Francisco Giants (60-51)

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9. San Francisco Giants (60-51)

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Previous Ranking: 9

Ever since starting the season hotter than any team, the Giants have been very average. With the Dodgers trying to pull away with the division, San Francisco needs new players like Jake Peavy to make an impact down the stretch.

8. Washington Nationals (61-49)

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8. Washington Nationals (61-49)

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Previous Ranking: 8

With the Braves slipping and the rest of the NL East refusing to put up a fight, the Nationals are now clear NL East favorites. They added a big bat with Asdrubal Cabrera, and have no excuse not to make the playoffs this season.

7. St. Louis Cardinals (59-51)

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7. St. Louis Cardinals (59-51)

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Previous Ranking: 6

The Cardinals made a big push at the trade deadline by adding pitchers Justin Masterson and John Lackey. With those two in the rotation, the Cardinals are going to be tough to beat down the stretch. It's going to be them, the Brewers and Pirates competing for the division in September.

6. Milwaukee Brewers (61-51)

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6. Milwaukee Brewers (61-51)

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Previous Ranking: 4

Despite most believing they would slip as the season went on, the Brewers are clinging onto first place in the NL Central. With the Cardinals and Pirates right on their heels, Milwaukee is still going to have to turn it on in order to reach the postseason.

5. Baltimore Orioles (62-48)

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5. Baltimore Orioles (62-48)

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Previous Ranking: 7

Trying to claim their first division title since the mid-1990s, the Orioles are starting to separate themselves as one of the elite teams in the league. They get steady performances up and down their lineup and have a young and emerging pitching rotation. That combination usually leads to a successful playoff run.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (63-49)

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4. Los Angeles Dodgers (63-49)

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Previous Ranking: 3

With the Giants struggling, the Dodgers are taking advantage. They're trying to pull away in the division and have been hot as of late despite losing a home series to the last-place Cubs. At this point in the season, the Dodgers appear to be the clear favorites to represent the NL West in the playoffs.

3. Detroit Tigers (61-47)

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3. Detroit Tigers (61-47)

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Previous Ranking: 5

By adding the best pitcher available at the trade deadline, the Tigers now have a top three of Verlander, Scherzer and David Price. There are very few teams out there that can compete with that down the stretch or in the postseason.

2. Los Angeles Angels (66-44)

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2. Los Angeles Angels (66-44)

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Previous Ranking: 2

It's unfortunate for the Angels that they play in the AL West because they would be in first place in any other division in baseball. In fact, if they were in the NL Central, they would lead the division by six full games. However, they remain on the tails of the World Series favorite Athletics, trailing in the division by just one game. The AL West race will be truly fun to watch down the stretch.

1. Oakland Athletics (67-43)

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1. Oakland Athletics (67-43)

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Previous Ranking: 1

The Athletics are all-in. GM Billy Beane made that clear when he traded slugger Yoenis Cespedes in exchange for Jonny Gomes and Jon Lester of the Red Sox. Knowing how much stock they've put into this season, the Athletics are going to play with a sense of urgency down the stretch. With the Angels right on their heels, the A's can't begin to slack one bit.