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MLB power rankings 2022: Evaluating every team after trade deadline

Matt Johnson

Before diving into the MLB games today, it’s always important to examine the MLB standings and latest MLB power rankings to get a picture for how things are shaking out during the 2022 season.

As more games are played, our MLB power rankings will round into form reflecting talent and the MLB standings. We’re now more than halfway through the 2022 MLB season, providing us with a great look at the best teams in MLB and those with a lot of room to improve heading into the summer.

Let’s dive into our latest MLB power rankings today following the trade deadline.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (LW: 1)

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies
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The Los Angeles Dodgers maintain the No. 1 spot in the MLB power rankings after the trade deadline. While we still view them as the best team in baseball, the gap between the Dodgers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and New York Mets is razor thin. We could even see the San Diego Padres make a run at the top spot when everyone is healthy. With that said, the Dodgers are simply overloaded with talent and that’s even with Clayton Kershaw hitting the IL.

2. New York Mets (LW: 3)

MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals
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A healthy version of the New York Mets can win the World Series. Jacob deGrom, even in a brief outing, looked like himself in his first start back. Heading into a postseason series with deGrom, Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt, that’s a phenomenal trio. New York also added complementary depth pieces to use the 2021 San Francisco Giants-esque approach with platoons. The concern, beyond the black hole at catcher, is what happens if one or two injuries strike because it could all fall apart quickly.

3. Houston Astros (LW: 2)

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
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Ranking first in the American League in fWAR, the Houston Astros greatly improved at the deadline with the acquisition of Trey Mancini. Unsurprisingly, he is proving that the only thing that prevented him from racking up home runs earlier this season was the change at Camden Yards. Now in Houston, Mancini is unleashed and the Astros’ lineup looks even better.

4. New York Yankees (LW: 2)

MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
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Brian Cashman checked everything off his wishlist. The New York Yankees added a high-end No. 2 starter (Frankie Montas), swapped in Andrew Benintendi to replace Joey Gallo, added Harrison Bader to provide elite range in center field and their bullpen is ridiculously deep. Of course, all of this was followed by a rough showing against the St. Louis Cardinals.

5. San Diego Padres

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Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury. Everyone viewed the San Diego Padres as one of the best teams in MLB before these additions. Now, especially with Fernando Tatís Jr. rapidly moving towards a return, San Diego looks like it could pose a serious threat to the Mets and Dodgers.

6. Atlanta Braves (LW: 5)

It’s just a slight dip in the power rankings for the Atlanta Braves, entirely because of the Padres’ historic all-in push. With that said, Atlanta boasts the talent in every regard to make another run this year and no one should sleep on this club as a World Series contender. One thing everyone must remember, Austin Riley is a legitimate MVP candidate and proving he deserved even more than that contract extension.

7. Toronto Blue Jays (LW: 8)

Adding Whit Merrifield and injecting quality depth into the bullpen our solid moves for the Toronto Blue Jays. However, the Astros, Astros and Yankees made even bigger additions. The gap between Toronto and its AL foes in both the MLB power rankings and MLB standings could widen.

8. Seattle Mariners (LW: 7)

MLB: Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
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Luis Castillo is going to fit in perfectly as the ace of the Seattle Mariners rotation. Fans should feel pretty confident about one of the hottest teams in MLB snapping its postseason drought this year. Unfortunately, the World Series contenders are just far too strong for the Mariners to go on an October run in 2022. Winning a series against New York at Yankee Stadium, with Castillo earning a win just proves Seattle’s legitimacy.

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9. Minnesota Twins (LW: 10)

MLB: Miami Marlins at Cincinnati Reds
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Tyler Mahle can be a difference-maker for the Minnesota Twins. There’s a strong case that he will emerge as the No. 2 starter, finally reaching a ceiling that was capped by Great American Ballpark. Pair that with the additions to the bullpen and Minnesota is our pick to win the AL Central.

10. Philadelphia Phillies (LW: 11)

It came at a heavy cost – certainly an overpay – but the Philadelphia Phillies addressed their biggest needs. Noah Syndergaard is an excellent back-end starter, David Robertson strengthens the bullpen and Brandon Marsh provides desperately-needed defense in center field. Bravo to the Phillies for addressing needs they definitely should have thought about more this spring.

11. St. Louis Cardinals (LW: 13)

Back on top of the NL Central, the St. Louis Cardinals at least proved why winning teams should be buyers at the deadline. This isn’t a roster we’d be particularly sold on against one of the best teams in the National League in a postseason series, but this club certainly looks better than Milwaukee right now.

12. Milwaukee Brewers (LW: 11)

We’ll start with the good news. The outstanding rotation trio of Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta is finally back together. Combine that with Aaron Ashby and Eric Lauer, that’s a starting rotation worth being elated over. However, Milwaukee failed to improve its lineup or defense and trading an All-Star closer doesn’t help a bullpen. With significant adds made by other contenders, the Brewers have to fall in the post-deadline MLB power rankings.

12. Tampa Bay Rays (LW: 11)

The Tampa Bay Rays paid an aggressive price for Jose Siri, who seems like a slightly better version of Brett Phillips with a bit more upside. It reflects the mindset of a club that seems to be clinging its hopes to Wander Franco returning at 100% after breaking his hamate bone, which history suggests is a bad bet.

14. Chicago White Sox (LW: 15)

Even the Chicago White Sox acknowledged they were disappointed by their inactivity at the deadline. Playoff odds still view the White Sox as the team to beat in the AL Central, but the 2022 season and Minnesota’s acquisitions suggest otherwise.

15. Cleveland Guardians (LW: 16)

The Cleveland Guardians did nothing to improve their playoff hopes, which isn’t surprising considering the front office has its hands tied by ownership that doesn’t want to spend money. The White Sox and Twins are the better teams in the AL Central, leaving Cleveland on the outside.

16. San Francisco Giants (LW: 17)

MLB: Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
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In hindsight, everyone should have realized a Carlos Rodón trade would never happen. The same team that wouldn’t trade away Madison Bumgarner amid its own atrocious season surely wouldn’t deal its ace when there is still a mathematical shot at making the playoffs. With that said, San Francisco isn’t experiencing playoff baseball and Rodón will become a free agent.

17. Boston Red Sox (LW: 18)

The Boston Red Sox essentially shuffled around some deckchairs, that’s the bottom line. Eric Hosmer won’t make any real difference for this club and none of the other moves really change any forecast for Boston in 2022 or beyond. It all culminates in an end result, a team unworthy of greater recognition in consensus MLB power rankings.

18. Baltimore Orioles (LW: 14)

The Trey Mancini trade bothered the clubhouse, that much is clear. Dealing closer Jorge Lopez only made things worse. Baltimore’s 32-21 record since June 1 is a great story this season, but the effects of dealing Mancini away could cause the Orioles to freefall.

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19. Miami Marlins (LW: 20)

On the surface, trading relief pitchers for former first-round pick Jordan Groshans seems like a win for the Miami Marlins. However, Groshans lacks any pop in his bat and that makes his .250 batting average this year with 51-of-60 hits going for single, alarming. Miami needs to trade pitching this winter before anyone buys into the lineup being fixed.

20. Texas Rangers (LW: 19)

Holding a 22-33 record since the start of June, the Texas Rangers attempted to be long-term buyers at the trade deadline. Efforts for Juan Soto, Luis Castillo and any other impact player under team control through 2023 fell short. Ignore the Rangers for the rest of the season, we’ll revisit them in free agency.

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21. Colorado Rockies (LW: 22)

There’s no reason to be found in the Colorado Rockies’ approach to operating a baseball team. They chose to do nothing at the trade deadline, ensuring that this club will be a yearly fixture in the bottom half of MLB power rankings.

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (LW: 21)

A quiet deadline for the Arizona Diamondbacks, which seems to be what they wanted. The great news is that Arizona can get excited about a 2023 outfield with Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas and Daulton Varsho.

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23. Detroit Tigers (LW: 23)

As we approach the final months of the 2022 MLB season, we can only remark on how disastrous things have unfolded in Detroit. To the surprise of no one except the Tigers’ front office, the Javier Baez contract backfired. What no one saw coming is all of Detroit’s young starters suffering arm injuries. Any hope we had for the Tigers’ future is gone.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates (LW: 24)

THe Pittsburgh Pirates made a few quiet moves, including the Jose Quintana trade. It certainly makes the starting rotation worse, but the focus now is on the Pirates’ emerging farm system with young talent inching towards its MLB debut.

25. Chicago Cubs (LW: 27)

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
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Bizarrely, the Chicago Cubs kept Willson Contreras and Ian Happ. While some justification could be made for Happ, considering he’s under contract next year, that also means Chicago risks his trade value dipping even further. Between that and Contreras’ uncertain future, the perception regarding the Cubs’ FO isn’t great.

26. Cincinnati Reds (LW: 28)

We’re moving the Cincinnati Reds up the MLB power rankings out of a slight nod to the additions made by selling. This team’s future is so much brighter thanks to the top prospects the Reds’ front office acquired. Yes, the remainder of the 2022 season isn’t worth watching. With that said, fans should feel good about the years ahead.

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27. Kanas City Royals (LW: 26)

The Kansas City Royals traded Whit Merrifield, receiving far less for him in return than they would have landed in previous years. Combine that with the alarming lack of legitimate pitching talent and it’s hard to buy into the Royals as even a threat to be watchable in 2023.

28. Los Angeles Angels (LW: 25)

Boasting the worst record in baseball since June 1 (17-36), the Los Angeles Angels dumped Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Marsh and Raisel Iglesias at the deadline. Giving up on Marsh this soon feels brash, but Los Angeles added a promising catcher in Logan O’Hoppe. A positive Aug. 2 for Los Angeles, but it now belongs among the worst teams in MLB.

29. Oakland Athletics (LW: 29)

The return from the Frankie Montas trade wasn’t great and the Oakland Athletics held onto Ramon Laureano and Sean Murphy. It feels like an ill-advised approach to the trade deadline. Frankly, even with the improved farm system, we don’t trust Oakland to turn things around. Put them in pen at the bottom of 2023 MLB power rankings.

30. Washington Nationals (30)

In terms of prospect packages for a superstar, the Washington Nationals did fairly well. However, this team is going to be awful to watch through the 2023 season and it’s also fair to say both MacKenzie Gore and C.J. Abrams carry massive risk-reward that could backfire.