Tuesday, August 4, 2009

First to Third: After the Deadline, A Look at the Standings

The trade deadline has come and gone with some big moves being made. It's not the official end of trading season, as players can still be moved through waivers in August. Here's how the moves will impact the divisional races:

AL East - Boston adds a much needed bat in Victor Martinez, but the Red Sox and the Yankees failed to address the back end of their respective rotations, which leaves this one wide open. The Rays seemed to seal their fate of missing the playoffs by not making any moves.

AL Central - Jake Peavy is a nice addition for the White Sox, but the Tigers made a great trade in acquiring Jarrod Washburn. Wasburn joins Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson to form a potent top of the rotation. Cleveland was a big-time seller and you have to wonder for how long they'll hold onto Grady Sizemore.

AL West - Cricket... Cricket... The Mariners made the biggest splash by trading for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell... and they traded Washburn... building for the future or just clueless?

NL East - Cliff Lee pitched a complete game in his Phillies appearance. They're up by five games and Pedro Martinez is expected to join the team this week for more pitching depth. Need I say more?

NL Central - The Cubs strengthened their pitching staff by adding John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny, but will have to overtake Matt Holliday and the rebuilt Cardinals to win the division.

NL West - The division is the Dodgers' to lose, as they opened August with a seven game lead over the Giants and Rockies. Both the Giants (Freddy Sanchez) and Rockies (Joe Beimel, Rafael Betancourt) added solid role players but the Dodgers should be able to hold them off.

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