Here are this week's rankings:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (74-31 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week) -- The Dodgers went all-in with the acquisition of right-hander Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers and left-handed relievers Tony Watson from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tony Cingrani from the Cincinnati Reds. I have a sense they tired of the Orioles' slow-to-the-draw pace on closer Zach Britton. A solid deadline day for president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and company.
2. Houston Astros (69-36, No. 2) -- General manager Jeff Luhnow is a master builder, but he gets a failing grade for his only deadline-day move being the acquisition of left-hander Francisco Liriano.
3. Cleveland Indians (57-47, No. 4) -- They would not give up enough by way of one key prospect for Darvish. Instead, the Indians are crossing their fingers that starter Danny Salazar will be healthy and their bullpen will be strengthened by the pickup of Joe Smith from the Toronto Blue Jays.
4. Washington Nationals (63-41, No. 3) -- All general manager Mike Rizzo gets is Minnesota Twins fading closer Brandon Kintzler, who has never pitched in a big game?
5. Chicago Cubs (56-48, No. 6) -- They went past Milwaukee as if they scared the young Brewers. But are starters Jose Quintana and Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila enough help to win another World Series?
6. New York Yankees (57-47, No. 9) -- General manager Brian Cashman gets his man, right-hander Sonny Gray, with two years of control beyond this season. The Yankees gave up a lot of potential in pitcher James Kaprielian and outfielder Dustin Fowler, who are both injured, as well as shortstop/outfielder Jorge Mateo.
7. Colorado Rockies (60-46, No. 7) -- The Rockies' catchers must have been pretty bad for the club to think Jonathan Lucroy -- a flop in Texas -- will breathe life into the position. Perhaps the Rockies' brain trust also is affected by the thin air.
8. Boston Red Sox (58-49, No. 5) -- Addison Reed is a nice pickup to fill the setup role that two other trades were supposed have filled during the past two years (both Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg went down with devastating injuries and had no impact). However, left-hander David Price is causing headaches both on the field (with an injured elbow) and off the field (with his unprofessional call-out of Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley). Manager John Farrell is showing little leadership.
9. Kansas City Royals (55-49, No. 10) -- General manager Dayton Moore's attempt at one more postseason push will be aided by two trades that brought the Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera (from the Chicago White Sox) and right-handed pitchers Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter (from the San Diego Padres).
10. Arizona Diamondbacks (60-45, No. 8) -- The only thing that can keep them from making the playoffs is a late-season push by Milwaukee -- and the Brewers look spent. Right-hander Zack Greinke makes the Diamondbacks dangerous, and they added to their relief corps by reacquiring David Hernandez from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
11. Seattle Mariners (54-53, No. 14)
12. Milwaukee Brewers (55-52, No. 11)
13. Tampa Bay Rays (54-53, No. 12)
14. St. Louis Cardinals (52-53, No. 17)
15. Baltimore Orioles (51-54, No. 18)
16. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-54, No. 13)
17. Minnesota Twins (50-53, No. 16)
18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (51-55, No. 15)
19. Texas Rangers (50-55, No. 19)
20. Miami Marlins (49-54, No. 23)
21. Atlanta Braves (48-56, No. 20)
22. New York Mets (48-55, No. 21)
23. Toronto Blue Jays (49-57, No. 24)
24. Detroit Tigers (47-57, No. 22)
25. San Diego Padres (47-58, No. 26)
26. Oakland Athletics (47-59, No. 25)
27. Cincinnati Reds (42-63, No. 27)
28. Chicago White Sox (41-62, No. 28)
29. San Francisco Giants (40-67, No. 29)
30. Philadelphia Phillies (39-64, No. 30)