MLB Power Rankings: The surprise AL East contender

Tim Brown
·MLB columnist

It’s trade season. We’ve got trades.

The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games):

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (66-29; Previous: 2): Yasiel Puig for, geez, how about a little room on the freeways?

2. Houston Astros (63-32; Previous: 1): They’ll kick back three games in the standings for some of those new spinner things the kids love.

3. Washington Nationals (57-37; Previous: 5): Cab fare for the bullpen, straight up.

4. Boston Red Sox (54-42; Previous: 4): A couple old scoreboard panels for a David Price quote.

5. Arizona Diamondbacks (54-40; Previous: 3): Game-worn Goldschmidt jersey if they can unsee the pool deck from that one bachelor party.

6. Colorado Rockies (56-41; Previous: 6): Free season tickets if they could have the past few weeks back.

7. Milwaukee Brewers (52-45; Previous: 7): Twenty bucks for the name of anyone who thinks the Cubs aren’t going to catch them.

Tampa Bay Rays players celebrate after the team defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-0 during a baseball game Friday, June 6, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Tampa Bay Rays are only three games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. (AP Images)

8. Tampa Bay Rays (51-45; Previous: 13): Dallas Keuchel actually offered a bit of his command for some of Chris Archer’s velo. Done. We’ll call the result Dalris Keucher and pitch him Friday.

9. Chicago Cubs (49-45; Previous: 12): Nah, they’re good.

10. New York Yankees (48-45; Previous: 8): A top 20 prospect if ESPN will stop with the DQ Blizzard commercials.

11. Cleveland Indians (48-45; Previous: 9): Their souls for another inning against Chapman.

12. Minnesota Twins (48-46; Previous: 11): A Bartolo Colon rookie card for just a few more innings out of Bartolo Colon himself.

13. Seattle Mariners (48-48; Previous: 19): Dipoto knows the Mariners need help, wondering if he’s reached the annual limit on trades.

14. Pittsburgh Pirates (47-48; Previous: 22): McCutchen has been on the trading block for so long he’s hung curtains.

15. St. Louis Cardinals (46-48; Previous: 16): Secretly wonder what Braves would want for a, you know, “Matt Adams type.”

16. Kansas City Royals (46-47; Previous: 10): A golf clap for the names of everyone who in the past six months made a window reference.

17. Los Angeles Angels (47-50; Previous: 14): You know that deal where if you could start a team with any one player, who’d it be? Yeah. Never mind.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) is shown against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a baseball game Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 8-5.
Freddie Freeman is back in the Braves’ lineup, but playing at third base instead of first. (AP Images)

18. Atlanta Braves (45-48; Previous: 15): Braves confusing teams with response: “What do we want for Teheran!? A ring, baby!”

19. Texas Rangers (45-49; Previous: 17): They’d take 25 Adrian Beltres if they could. Not positive who would pitch.

20. Baltimore Orioles (45-49; Previous: 18): The O’s don’t ordinarily sell at the deadline, so they’re trying to think of it as a permanent loan.

21. Toronto Blue Jays (43-51; Previous: 20): Really trying to get something done before Trump changes all the international trade rules.

22. New York Mets (42-50; Previous: 21): A situational reliever for an explanation of how exactly superheroes can get hurt.

23. Detroit Tigers (43-50; Previous: 25): Tigers thinking teardown, but stuck between using wrecking ball or plastic spoon they filched from cafeteria.

24. Oakland Athletics (43-52; Previous: 26): A’s have a pressing plan to get a new stadium and a better team, so the next 10 days are going to be pretty whirlwind.

25. Miami Marlins (42-51; Previous: 24): Stanton’s pricey contract limits his destinations to New York, L.A. and Brunei.

26. San Diego Padres (40-54; Previous: 28): Know where they can get a few more Rule 5 guys?

27. Cincinnati Reds (40-54; Previous: 27): Uh, yeah, they’re kinda drawing a blank here.

28. Chicago White Sox (38-54; Previous: 23): “Hi, my name is ____________.”

29. San Francisco Giants (37-59; Previous: 29): Exchanged a slightly used dirt bike for a totally stress-free summer.

30. Philadelphia Phillies (32-61; Previous: 30): They wouldn’t trade their tomorrow for your today. Or something like that.

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