Two of the biggest trade deadline acquisitions —
Texas added two of baseball's top setup men in
The Braves won't catch the Phillies in the
Texas added guns
No team did a better job addressing its needs than the Rangers, who are being pushed by the Angels in the AL West.
They improved their lineup from 2010 by adding
The Giants (Carlos Beltran) and
Phillies add veterans
The old joke used to be there was no such thing as a
Pence isn't going to win any MVP awards, but he is a talented hitter that deepens a Phillies lineup in which
Rangers, Giants stronger
The two clubs that stand out most are last year's World Series teams, the Rangers and Giants.
By fortifying their bullpen with perhaps the two best setup men in baseball in Mike Adams and Koji Uehara, the Rangers distanced themselves from the Angels, who did nothing to improve their team. Even if they falter and let the Angels win the American League West, the Rangers are in good shape to secure a wild-card berth.
The Giants will get an offensive boost from Carlos Beltran, whose OPS is 130 points higher than that of any other outfielder on the active roster. With its stellar pitching and the addition of Beltran, San Francisco should be able to wrap up the