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Power Rankings: Where winners are losers, or at least not winners

by | Special to CBSSports.com

Updated Aug. 2

We're only 42 hours removed from the trade deadline and already it's as clear as night is dark: There were winners and there were losers, with nobody in between and little room for debate.

The winners included the Rangers, who revolutionized their bullpen with two of the best available arms; the Phillies, who balanced their lineup with a righty bat; the Braves, who bolstered their defense, speed and top-of-the-order OBP in one fell swoop; the Indians, who snared a once and future ace signed to an affordable contract through 2013; and the Giants, who added a corner outfielder who happens to be a switch-hitter without significant righty/lefty splits. These teams won the weekend. The question isn't if they'll elevate in the standings; it's how soon, how high and with what degree of majesty.

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The losers will enjoy no such glory. Any list of the downtrodden has to include the Rangers, who must now assemble a who-to-use/when-to-use-him binder for Ron Washington, then hope he doesn't "go with his gut" and bring in Mark Lowe in the eighth inning of a tie game; the Phillies, who paid a huge prospect price for a player with a .783 career OPS away from Minute Maid Park; the Braves, who will soon grasp the inefficiencies of singling and stealing one's way around the basepaths; the Indians, who emptied their prospect cache for a guy whose fastball velocity has dipped so significantly that scouts thought their radar guns were on the fritz; and the Giants, who added to an outfield logjam and created more batting-order headaches for a manager who has, on occasion, batted Brandon Crawford second.

Due to their mis-deals, these teams are lesser entities today than they were days ago. Rather than wait for the inevitable, the offending GMs should pack up their family photos and tchotchkes and start preparing for life after baseball, perhaps in the smelting trade.

In conclusion, there were winners and there were losers.


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