Weekly Rankings: August 1st

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1. Chicago Cubs (63-41) (Previous Week, 1)

After trading for Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs appear as formidable as ever as they gear up to win the World Series.

2. Washington Nationals (61-44) (4)

The Nationals traded for Mark Melancon, the Pirates dominant closer for the past several years. After missing out on Chapman and Andrew Miller, time will tell if Melancon can supplement a Washington bullpen that has witnessed its struggles of late, but still boasts the best bullpen ERA in MLB.

3. San Francisco Giants (61-44) (2)

There’s a lot to be said about a Giants team that has battled through significant injuries this season. With the return of Hunter Pence, and trade for Twins’ All-Star Eduardo Nunez, the Giants should return to full strength this week. Watch for them to make a move to acquire controllable pitching before today’s 4:00pm non-waiver trade deadline.

4. Texas Rangers (62-44) (6)

Mitch Moreland is on fire of late, and has the offense back in form. The Rangers still lack enough pitching depth to contend for a World Series, but that can all change today if they’re willing to part ways with some top prospects.

5. Baltimore Orioles (59-45) (3)

The O’s made an under-the-radar move this weekend to acquire LHP Wade Miley from the Seattle Mariners. He’s basically just an innings-eater, but he did have a no-hitter through 6 IP in his most recent start.

6. Cleveland Indians (60-42) (5)

The Tribe are going for it all in 2016. They traded one of their top hitting prospects in Frazier as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade to acquire closer Andrew Miller from the Yankees. Cody Allen has been just OK in 2016, and Miller is flexible enough to be the setup man or the closer. After Jonathan Lucroy exercised his no-trade clause to the Indians, it will be interesting to see if Cleveland tries to add a bat before the deadline. Carlos Beltran, perhaps?

7. Toronto Blue Jays (59-46) (8)

The Blue Jays swapped struggling relievers with the Seattle Mariners, acquiring Joaquin Benoit in exchange for Drew Storen. The club is still in the market for a starting pitcher as rumors swirl that Aaron Sanchez, the AL ERA leader, may be moved to the bullpen to conserve his innings.

8. Boston Red Sox (57-46) (7)

Boston has been quiet in the trade market recently. Is there a big move coming today?

9. Los Angeles Dodgers (59-46) (11)

The Dodgers have been hot since the All-Star break, shrinking the Giants’ NL West lead to just two games. With a plethora of prospects, and tons of dispensable payroll, look for LA to make a major move before 4:00pm today.

10. St. Louis Cardinals (56-49) (10)

The Cardinals are waiting for the return of offensive catalyst Matt Carpenter. They need him back as soon as possible to make a push in the NL Wild Card race.

11. Miami Marlins (57-48) (12)

The Marlins traded for Andrew Cashner recently, and activated Dee Gordon after he served his 80-game suspension for PED use. They’re playing well lately, but their deadline moves may not be enough to propel them into the NL Wild Card round.

12. Houston Astros (55-49) (9)

With the call-up of top prospect Alex Bregman and imminent call-up of Youlieski Gourriel, the Astros have not needed to make any trades this year. Perhaps they’ll do something small before the deadline, but the lineup looks pretty solid with the addition of these two guys.

13. Detroit Tigers (57-48) (15)

Detroit’s lineup is as good as we thought it was, but they’re still trying to improve. Lucroy may very well end up with the Tigers before Monday is done.

14. New York Mets (54-50) (13)

The Mets absolutely need hitting. They currently sport one of the worst batting averages with runners in scoring position in MLB history.

15. Pittsburgh Pirates (52-51) (14)

The Pirates traded closer Mark Melancon to the Nationals, but that doesn’t mean they believe their season is over. The still have Feliz and Watson to close, but the window of opportunity is closing quickly on the Pirates.

16. Seattle Mariners (52-51) (16)

They blew a 6-run lead Sunday night to the Cubs in Chicago. Despite a huge year from Cano, the Mariners have not met expectations in 2016.

17. Colorado Rockies (52-53) (19)

The Rockies just keep on winning as they approach the .500 mark. I would not expect them to move anyone before the 4:00pm deadline, but perhaps in the waiver period later this month.

18. New York Yankees (52-52) (17)

The Yankees took a humbling step forward this weekend by trading Andrew Miller. They now have a bevy of prospects at their disposal. 2016 is likely over for the Yanks, but it’s only a matter of time before the front office turns those prospects into a World Series.

19. Chicago White Sox (51-54) (21)

Unlike the Yankees, the White Sox continue to hold onto their most valuable trade assets. They arguably have more to sell than any other team, with guys like Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, David Robertson, James Shields, and Melky Cabrera.

20. Kansas City Royals (49-55) (18)

The Royals were unable to trade Luke Hochevar or Wade Davis before they landed on the disabled list this week. The Royals are done.

21. Philadelphia Phillies (48-59) (20)

Vincent Velasquez has been the subject of many trade rumors, but the Phillies’ asking price is very high for the young righty. They don’t seem motivated to move closer Jeanmar Gomez, so don’t expect any last minute deals in Philadelphia.

22. Milwaukee Brewers (47-56) (24)

The Brewers are trying hard to trade Lucroy, but his no-trade clause has complicated matters. Nobody is touching Ryan Braun, apparently.

23. Oakland Athletics (47-58) (23)

The A’s have been remarkably quiet at the deadline so far. They have plenty of movable pieces that would acquire great prospects, but we know Billy Beane won’t make a move unless he loves it.

24. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (47-58) (26)

Please. Trade. Mike. Trout.

25. San Diego Padres (45-60) (22)

The Padres were able to dump Matt Kemp to the Braves in exchange for Hector Olivera. They also traded Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea to the Marlins in exchange for Jarred Cosart and some prospects.

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-62) (25)

The Diamondbacks were unable to trade Shelby Miller or Daniel Hudson. They eliminated any trade value they had with a couple rough months.

27. Tampa Bay Rays (42-61) (28)

The Rays could be one of the most active teams on Monday, as several teams are interested in pitchers Jake Odorizzi, Matt Moore, and Chris Archer. Perhaps Brad Boxberger or Alex Colome will be on the move, too.

28. Cincinnati Reds (42-62) (29)

The Reds are awful, and need to trade Jay Bruce for the best offer before the deadline. His value is at an all-time high as he continues to mash.

29. Minnesota Twins (40-64) (27)

The Twins dealt All-Star Eduardo Nunez to the Giants for one of San Francisco’s better prospects – a good move for Minnesota.

30. Atlanta Braves (37-68) (30)

The Braves are still bad, but the addition of Matt Kemp will look nice in the new ballpark in 2017.

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Author: Thrive Nation

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