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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018
This figures to be an amazingly busy finish to the non-waiver trade deadline, which hits at 4 p.m. July 31. 

While the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Houston Astros remain atop the power rankings, the 11 teams ranked below them down to No. 14 could still figure in as buyers before the deadline or even the Aug. 31 deadline to get someone on a post-season roster.

The jockeying is so intense at this point that even the two top teams have done their shopping. The No. 1 Red Sox fortified their injury-depleted starting staff by adding right-handed pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. With lefty Eduardo Rodriguez and knuckleballer Stephen Wright very questionable for the rest of the regular season, Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was left with little choice other than to add. He still may not be done just yet, as rumors persist that Dombrowski is in talks with the Minnesota Twins for second baseman Brian Dozier and reliever Fernando Rodney.

The No. 3 Yankees struck twice during a three-day period last week, acquiring left-handed reliever Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles and lefty starter J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees gave up decent talent in both deals, sending right-handers Dillon Tate and Cody Carroll and lefty Josh Rogers to the Orioles and infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Billy McKinney to the Blue Jays. But New York still has the minor-league ammunition to strike again.

The No. 3 Houston Astros, who have played at a 19-15 clip during their past 34 games, have only made minor moves to date, adding a defensive-oriented catcher from the Los Angeles Angels in Michael Maldonado and right-handed reliever Ryan Pressly from the Minnesota Twins. The Astros might be very motivated to improve in a more meaningful way.

The effort made by the very best clubs to improve is instructive as to why fertile farm systems are a must for contending ball clubs. To make the necessary additions to maximize a team's chances of winning a World Series, you simply must have the ammunition on the farm to turn into ready to help pieces for a stretch run.

But, lest we forget, the teams that are genuinely serious about winning don’t have the chance to do so unless they do a great job at constantly replenishing their major league rosters with options that are not only cheaper, but perhaps better than what came before.

Here are this week's MLB power rankings, presented by the Thompson Automotive Group: 

1. Boston Red Sox (74-33, No. 1 overall last week)
2. New York Yankees (67-37, No. 3)
3. Houston Astros (67-40, No. 2)
4. Chicago Cubs (61-44, No. 4)
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (59-47, No. 5)
6. Milwaukee Brewers (61-47, No. 8)
7. Seattle Mariners (62-43 No. 6)
8. Colorado Rockies (57-47, No. 10)
9. Oakland Athletics (61-46, No. 9)
10. Philadelphia Phillies (58-47, No. 7)
11. Arizona Diamondbacks (59-48, No. 12)
12. Cleveland Indians (57-47, No. 11)
13. Atlanta Braves (55-47, No. 13)
14. Pittsburgh Pirates (55-52, No. 14)
15. Los Angeles Angels (54-53, No. 18)
16. St. Louis Cardinals (53-52, No. 19)
17. Tampa Bay Rays (53-53, No. 15)
18. Washington Nationals (52-53, No. 17)
19. San Francisco Giants (53-54, No. 16)
20. Toronto Blue Jays (48-56, No. 20)
21. Cincinnati Reds (48-58, No. 22)
22. Minnesota Twins (48-56, No. 21)
23. New York Mets (44-59, No. 23)
24. Miami Marlins (46-61, No. 24)
25. Texas Rangers (45-62, No. 25)
26. San Diego Padres (42-66, No. 26)
27. Detroit Tigers (45-62, No. 27)
28. Chicago White Sox (37-68, No. 28)
29. Baltimore Orioles (32-74, No. 30)
30. Kansas City Royals (32-73, No. 29)

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