The Dodgers weren’t very active during MLB’s trade deadline, but that hasn’t changed how experts view Los Angeles. ESPN released new power rankings following the movement of players on Monday, and they still sit at number one overall.
Sure, they didn’t go after any of the big names that were available on the market. And all they really did was trade away a longtime starter/reliever for prospects. But the professionals over at ESPN understand they didn’t make any move because they didn’t have to.
The Dodgers didn’t do anything other than trade away Ross Stripling, but they are so good and so deep that the only move of consequence would have been acquiring Mike Clevinger or Lance Lynn, and given what the Padres gave up to get Clevinger and that Lynn remained with the Rangers, let’s not dump on the Dodgers’ front office. They still have the best team in baseball.
After Tuesday night’s win over the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers now sit five games up in the NL West. They have an MLB best 27 wins and are the only team in the .700+ in win percentage column. They truly are a complete team with very few, if any glaring holes on the roster.
Teams on the Move (But Not Close to the Dodgers)
While the Dodgers stayed at number one, there were a few teams that moved drastically. The Indians moved up 5 spots to number 4 even after dealing away Mike Clevinger to San Diego. The Padres went trade crazy acquiring some of the biggest names on the market, but did not move up from their number 10 spot.