Another MLB trade deadline has come and gone and it looks like the Arizona Diamondbacks, new york yankees and Chicago Cubs, on paper at least, are three of the biggest winners.

Detroit Tigers help Cubs, D’backs title hopes

Less than two weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers traded star right fielder JD Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it's pretty safe to say that Martinez is living up to the hype. JD hasn't slowed down one bit offensively since heading west as he is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Arizona. Adding Martinez to an already stacked lineup has made the Diamondbacks a legitimate threat in the National League.

As if that trade wasn’t bad enough for fans in Motown, Detroit struck a deadline deal yesterday that will send star relief pitcher Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila to the World Champion Chicago Cubs. In return, the Tigers received prospects, including highly touted third baseman Jeimer Candelario.

The Tigers have been one of the biggest disappointments in the American League so far in 2017, and even with two full months to go in the season, it seems they are content with looking toward to the future. With all of the trades that Detroit is pulling off, fans of the Old English D have to be wondering if a change will be made at the managerial position as well.

Other notable moves

The Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, and New York Yankees also made deals that should only strengthen their chances of making the postseason. The red-hot Royals acquired Chicago White Sox slugger Melky Cabrera. Adding Cabrera to an already strong offense is going to make KC a tough team down the stretch.

Colorado added veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy never seemed to gel in Texas, however, now he will join a Rockies team that should be postseason bound.

Last but far from least in the big named deadline deals, the New York Yankees traded a handful of prospects to the Oakland A’s for pitcher Sonny Gray. If Gray is half as good in New York as he was in Oakland, the Yankees could be returning to the fall classic this October.

In return for Gray, Oakland received outfielder Dustin Fowler, infielder Jorge Mateo, and RHP James Kaprielian.

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to trades in MLB is that just because the July 31 deadline has passed doesn’t mean that deals still can’t be made. It just comes with a bit more red tape.

Here is a look at my MLB Power Rankings for August 1.

National League

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

2. Arizona Diamondbacks

3. Chicago Cubs

4.Washington Nationals

5. Colorado Rockies

6. Milwaukee Brewers

7. St. Louis Cardinals

8. Pittsburgh Pirates

9. Atlanta Braves

10. Miami Marlins

11. New York Mets

12. Cincinnati Reds

13. San Diego Padres

14. San Francisco Giants

15. Philadelphia Phillies

American League

1. Houston Astros

2.Cleveland Indians


Kansas City Royals

4. New York Yankees

5. Boston Red Sox

6. Tampa Bay Rays

7. Seattle Mariners

8. Minnesota Twins

9. Texas Rangers

10. Baltimore Orioles

11. Los Angeles Angels

12. Toronto Blue Jays

13.Oakland A's

14. Detroit Tigers

15. Chicago White Sox