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Ranking the winners and losers at trade deadline

A look at the 10 teams who helped themselves and the 10 who helped themselves the least.

August 06, 2011|By Kevin Baxter
  • Koji Uehara #19 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning during the game at Comerica Park on August 4, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Rangers defeated the Tigers 5-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images
Koji Uehara #19 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the seventh inning during… (Leon Halip / Getty Images )

There were buyers and sellers at baseball's non-waiver trade deadline – and winners and losers once the deadline passed. Staff writer Kevin Baxter looks at the 10 teams who helped themselves most and the 10 who helped themselves least..


1. Texas: The Rangers wanted bullpen help to aid a tired rotation and they got the two best relievers to change teams in Koji Uehara (from Baltimore) and Mike Adams (San Diego).

2. Giants: The lowest-scoring offense in the N.L. added the most coveted bat on the market in Carlos Beltran (Mets) and a solid glove in infielder Orlando Cabrera (Indians).

3. Indians: Management demonstrated its faith in the struggling Tribe by getting a top-of-the-rotation arm in Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies). But the price in prospects was steep.

4. Braves: Reacting to the Phils' acquisition of Hunter Pence, the Braves landed Pence's former Astros teammate Michael Bourn, a leadoff hitter who changes Atlanta's lineup.

5. Red Sox: The addition of Erik Bedard (Seattle) just before the deadline could prove huge now that Clay Buchholz has been transferred to the 60-day DL with a fracture in his back.

6. Pirates: They won't win the division but management stepped up anyway, filling a hole at first base with Derrek Lee (Baltimore) and in the OF with Ryan Ludwick (San Diego).

7. Phillies: Philadelphia was the best team in baseball before acquiring Pence. Now they're better because Pence will lengthen their lineup and fit nicely in right field.

8. Cardinals: They added pitchers Edwin Jackson (White Sox) and Marc Rzepcznski (Toronto) to a thin staff while dealing CF Colby Rasmus, who had become a clubhouse distraction.

9. Tigers: Detroit needed pitching help and Seattle gave it to them in the person of right-handers Doug Fister and David Pauley.

10. Blue Jays/Rockies/Mets: None of the three is in a race so they all dealt major league talent in exchange for a mother lode of prospects that could have them contending soon.


1. Angels: GM Tony Reagins is watching the waiver wire closely and may have something up his sleeve. He had better because the team he's trying to catch just got a lot better.

2. Reds: Is Cincinnati conceding the division? The one minor deal they made opened a roster spot for top minor league prospect Yonder Alonso.

3. Mariners: Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik rolled the dice and dealt three cheap and productive pitchers off a staff that is imploding. Only time will tell if he got enough in return.

4. Cubs: Chicago couldn't move Soriano, Zambrano or Ramirez partly because of their bloated contracts. But despite a hot market they also failed to deal Dempster, Pena or Byrd.

5. Twins: Although Minnesota has made up a lot of ground in the standings in the last two months it was the only AL Central contender that didn't make a move at the trade deadline.

6. Brewers: With Prince Fielder on his way out the door at the end of the year the Brewers are in must-win mode. But all they added at the deadline was journeyman Jerry Hairston Jr.

7. Astros: Last year the Astros gave away Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman at the deadline. This year they dealt Bourn and Pence. I can hardly wait until next year.

8. Yankees: OK, they're already pretty good. But when the Boss was around, a pitching rotation with this many holes would have been addressed. Instead they did nothing.

9. Athletics: With its young pitching, Oakland could be a force for years to come. So it was surprising that the A's didn't move someone (Josh Willingham?) for some prospects.

10. Dodgers: They got salary relief and a prospect for Rafael Furcal then did a bit better in the three-way deal with Boston and Seattle. But Hiroki Kuroda's decision to stay was costly for Dodgers.

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