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Five Teams That Made Major Additions Before The MLB Trade Deadline

Five Teams That Made Major Additions Before The MLB Trade Deadline
Major League Baseball's trade deadline has come and gone with a handful of clubs loading up on new talent to help with a playoff push. Here's a look at five teams that made the biggest splash before the deadline dropped.

Toronto Blue Jays (25/1 Shot To Win The World Series)

The Jays haven't made the postseason in over 20 years and GM Alex Anthopoulos has made moves galore this July to stop that streak in its tracks. Toronto's new stockpile of weapons includes ex-Rockie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, perennial Cy Young candidate David Price, former Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, plus relievers Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins. Don't get it twisted, this was 2015's ultimate in-season shopping spres and that means expectations are CN Tower high for the Jays to crack the playoffs. A popular sentiment is likening this year's squad to the 1993 Jays, but we'll have to wait and see if southpaw Price and the improved bullpen provide enough pitching power-ups to get them there.

Houston Astros (14/1 Shot To Win The World Series)

The Astros are currently locked in a difficult cleat-to-cleat battle with the Angels (and quite possibly the Rangers) for top spot in the AL West. Houston elected to upgrade in a few spots, which saw the arrival of star outfielder Carlos Gomez from Milwaukee (sorry, Mets fans) and lefty Scott Kazmir has brought incredible value to the Astros starting rotation. Not only are Houston a dangerous club on the rise in the American League, they're also loads of fun to watch. These moves only enhance that reputation.

Texas Rangers (40/1 Shot To Win The World Series)

Can the Rangers catch up with the 'Stros and Halos in the battle for the AL West? Possibly. One thing that appears likely to help their 2015 chase is the decision to sort out a deal for Cole Hamels. The ex-Phillies pitcher was one of the crown jewels of the trade target market and the Rangers now have him tucked into their starting rotation.

Kansas City Royals (6/1 Shot To Win The World Series)

Weren't the 2014 Royals labeled as a fluke team destined to come crashing down to earth? We suppose Kansas City could still flame out (judging by their robust AL Central lead, we highly doubt it), but they've made some transactions that have upped the fear factor in their opponent's hearts. Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto was sent to KC to provide the starting rotation with a much needed talent boost. On top of that, utility asset Ben Zobrist joins the team to provide valuable versatility for when the team makes it into the postseason.

Los Angeles Dodgers (17/2 Shot To Win The World Series)

Exhale, Dodgers fans. The formerly slump stuck Yasiel Puig has not been dealt. Los Angeles did make some deals, though. The Dodgers picked up Mat Latos and Michael Morse from the Marlins and snagged Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Braves. The pre-deadline roster makeover gives the club pitching depth in both the rotation and the bullpen.

 

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