There is always plenty of hype leading up to the trading deadline every July 31. Rarely does it live up to the hype, with teams generally completing deals that hardly qualify as blockbusters.
This year, though, was a different story. Teams were bold, trading away stars and top prospects. It turned into one of the most exciting trade deadlines in years.
So, now, we no longer have to question whether teams are buying or selling for the stretch run. We now know how each team views itself heading down the stretch. And here is how we view the teams as they currently stand.
MLB week 19
MLB power rankings: Week 19
12. Atlanta Braves (58-54) (LW 9) –Ervin Santana has been great since the All-Star Break. In four starts, he is 3-0, with a 1.18 ERA, and 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
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16. Tampa Bay Rays (54-57) (LW 15) – Does trading David Price mean the Rays are throwing in the towel on the season just as they have been climbing in the Wild Card standings?
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17. Seattle Mariners (57-54) (LW 16) – The Mariners begin a nine-game homestand on Tuesday with series against the Braves, White Sox, and Blue Jays. While Seattle is three-games over .500 on the season, the M’s are just 26-31 at Safeco.
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18. Cincinnati Reds (56-55) (LW 19) – The Reds have done very little offensively since the All-Star Break. Cincinnati has scored a MLB-worst 33 runs in 15 games.