Depending upon how one looks at it, the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers or the Texas Rangers improved the most at the trade deadline. If there are winners, there must be losers and those would be fans of the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres who threw in the towel on 2016 with massive salary dumps.

Rangers ride high in AL West

In the hour before the deadline ended, the Rangers picked up All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy (.299 BA and 13 HR) and reliever Jeremy Jeffress (2.22 ERA) from the Brewers for outfielder Lewis Brinson, right-hander Luis Ortiz (64 on Baseball America's ranking of prospects) and a player to be named later to the Brewers.

Texas sent pitcher Dillion Tate (69) and a pair of minor league pitchers to the Yankees for Carlos Beltran. A week ago, they surrendered another first-rounder, Travis Demeritte, in the deal for Lucas Harrell (3-2, 3.57 ERA) and Dario Alvarez (3 ERA).

Indians got stronger

Cleveland acquired Andrew Miller (9 saves, 1.58 ERA) from the Yankees in exchange for four prospects -- including by outfielder Clint Frazier (44) and lefty Justus Sheffield(81) on Sunday. The Tribe picked up fourth outfielder Brandon Guyer (.241 BA) from Tampa for minor league outfielder Nathan Lukes and righty Jhonleider Salinas on Monday.

Will California trade hurt Giants?

Los Angeles improved its chances for a run at San Francisco grabbing outfielder Josh Reddick (.296, 8 HR) and pitcher Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25) from Oakland for three minor league pitchers including one who has been injured all season.

The Reddickacquisitionmeans Yasiel Puig will move to the minor league. The Dodgers also have acquired righty Jesse Chavez(4.39) from the Blue Jays for righty Mike Bolsinger.

You’re fired

In addition to Beltran and Miller, the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs and Ivan Nova to Pittsburgh. In the process, New York lost $40 million off their payroll.

The Padres traded Matt Kemp (.262, 23 HR) to Atlanta over the weekend and earlier traded Drew Pomeranz (8-9, 3.09) to Boston and James Shields (5-12, 4.68) to the White Sox. Kemp is owed $54 million over the next three years, Pomeranz $1.35 million and Shields is under contract for $79 million through 2019, but San Diego has to pay $39 million per a trade buy-out.

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