Now that rosters are settled post trade deadline, both the Mets and Blue Jays are soaring up our MLB Power Rankings.
By Robby Sabo
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. This, the mantra of 30 baseball organizations every summer is the tried and tested reality for which they live by.
Very rarely does a team who starts out of the April gates quickly stay as hot in September. And very few teams who win the offseason (see the Padres, White Sox) stay relevant past the All-Star break.
This is Major League Baseball in August – the time for which the chasing really begins.
Pennant races truly begin now based purely on the timeline. Two months remaining of a six month schedule comes out to simple math.
More importantly, however, comes the factor of post trade deadline rosters.
Although the advent of the second Wild Card has changed things substantially, buyers and sellers do shake themselves eventually. This past week we witnessed a few teams considerably improve their clubs.
Locally, Sandy Alderson did wonders for his New York Mets. Although first reaction had Mets fans singing the same old “poor me” tune after the Carlos Gomez fiasco, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
On the AL side of things, the Toronto Blue Jays were probably the biggest winners on paper.
Sure the Jose Reyes for Troy Tulowitzki trade had many scratching their heads, but acquiring lefty ace David Price from Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers puts them in prime playoff position.
There’s no question both the Mets and Blue Jays have stocks soaring higher than Apple in the early to mid 2000s, but who were the big losers this past week?
Here are our post-trade deadline MLB Power Rankings: