Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline was marked by a deal that saw Nationals megastar Juan Soto go to the Padres. And San Diego didn’t stop there, hiring several other key players to improve their playoff chances.

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However, the Padres weren’t the only team to add early elements that would affect not only their long-term future but also their playoff chances this season.

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Where is each team after the deadline as they approach August?

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Our panel of experts joined forces to rank each baseball team based on a combination of what we’ve seen so far and what we already knew ahead of the 162-game marathon, which is a full baseball season. We also asked Sportzshala MLB experts David Schonfield, Bradford Doolittle, Jesse Rogers, Jun Lee and Alden Gonzalez to rate all 30 teams.

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1. Los Angeles Dodgers

Write down: 70-33

Previous rating: one

The Dodgers failed in Soto, beat Joey Gallo, made a modest upgrade to their Chris Martin bullpen, and didn’t add a starting pitcher, which the outsiders called their biggest need. It was a much more conservative approach to deadlines than Dodgers fans expected, and it’s largely because of the players who are coming back. Dustin May, who underwent Tommy John surgery almost 15 months ago, has looked good during his rehab efforts and could play a crucial role in a rotation that already leads the majors in the ERA. Blake Trainen, Brousdar Gratherol and Danny Duffy may return soon to help shore up the bullpen. And in the future, there is Walker Buhler, who acts as the main wild card. In short: The Dodgers believe they have enough funds to win it all. — Gonzalez


2. New York Yankees

Write down: 70-36

Previous rating: 2

The Yankees took several steps to improve their lineup by the deadline, adding one of their best pitchers in Frankie Montas and beefing up the outfield with Andrew Benintendi and Harrison Bader. In the process, the team traded Gallo to the Dodgers, Jordan Montgomery to the Cardinals, and now they no longer have to rely on Aaron Hicks for so many attacks. New York may need more help after struggling all through July where 13-13. — Lee


3. Houston Astros

Write down: 68-38

Previous rating: 3

Justin Verlander’s historic return from Tommy John surgery is sure to make his surgeon, Dr. Keith Meister, a celebrity in the industry. Of course, Verlander himself contributed a lot to his recovery, which brought him back to his previous level at the age of 39. the win and overall ERA are at the top of the American League. For now, Verlander appears to be in a three-pitcher race for the E.L. Cy Young, joining Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan and Chicago’s Dylan Seas. The amazing Shohei Otani is probably also part of this conversation. If Verlander wins, that will be the final statement that he is fully back. He won Cy Young in 2019, the year before he got injured, and then only played one game in 2020 and 2021. This is amazing. — Doolittle


4. New York Mets

Write down: 65-38

Previous rating: four

The Mets only improved on the edges, upsetting a lot of their fans with DH platoons in Darin Roof (.886 OPS vs. left-handers) and pitcher Michal Givens (2.66 ERA with the Cubs). However, they had previously acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin and Dan Vogelbach. It’s out of the picture, but the Vogelbach/Ruf Platoon should give the Mets one of the best downhill options in the National League after having been low on production for most of the season. Let’s see if they regret not adding a left pitcher. Oh, and they had one more addition: Jacob de Grom returned on Tuesday, hit 102 mph and allowed one run in five innings with six Ks against the notorious Triple A-level Nationals lineup. — Shenfield


5. San Diego Padres

Write down: 60-46

Previous rating: 7

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the Padres performed well in the trade deadline. It took a huge amount of promising young talent, most notably CJ Abrams, Mackenzie Gore and Robert Hassell III, but the Padres got arguably the best clean hitter since Ted Williams in the middle of his 23-year season. They’ve been vying for the power of a deep and strong staff, and now they’ve added Soto – Josh Bell and Brandon Drury – to a roster that will soon be bolstered by the return of Fernando Tatis Jr. The Dodgers may have a big airbag in the NL West, but they’re in for a struggle. — Gonzalez


6. Atlanta Braves

Write down: 63-42

Previous rating: 5

At the deadline, the Braves completed another round of trades, acquiring Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (in exchange for reliever Will Smith), Angels reliever Raizel Iglesias (in exchange for pitchers Tucker Davidson and Jesse Chavez), an outfielder Robbie Grossman of the Tigers and infielder. Ejire Adriaanza of the Nationals. However, the biggest news was that somehow, in the middle of it all, the Braves signed Austin Riley to a 10-year, $212 million contract extension.

“It’s definitely a goal for me to be here for my entire career,” Riley said. “The guys who came before me, like Hank Aaron and Chipper Jones, are very excited to know that you could potentially have this opportunity.” — Shenfield


7. Toronto Blue Jays

Write down: 58-46

Previous rating: 6

As the Blue Jays climb to second place in the American League East standings, one of the key factors driving this team forward will be Jose Berrios, who has a 4.96 ERA this season. However, Berrios has reason to be optimistic after the right-hander posted a 3.00 ERA in 36 innings through July, striking out 42 batters, his highest of any month this season. — Lee


8. Milwaukee Brewers

Write down: 57-46

Previous rating: eight

You have to admire the brewers. They are willing to do whatever it takes to win now and keep their competitive window open for as long as possible. Josh Hader’s trading was designed to do just that. Being one step ahead is a fine line to walk while trying to win at the same time, but once the dust settles, Milwaukee may not have lost much in the corral. Recently, cracks had appeared in Hader’s armor, and the Brewers were counting on being able to replace him now. They probably would have done it anyway in the near future, as his salary only went up. — Rogers


9. St. Louis Cardinals

Write down: 55-48

Previous rating: 9

Sure, the Cards didn’t pick up starters of the caliber of Montas or Luis Castillo by the deadline, but just like last year, they made moves on the edge that could eventually take them to the top spot. Jordan Montgomery and Jose Quintana fill the domestic needs, while Chris Stratton does it in the middle of the corral. But is it enough? JA Happ and John Lester helped the Cards to the playoffs after they were acquired last July, but St. Louis failed to advance further in October. The same can be said about the roster this season. — Rogers


10. Seattle Mariners

Write down: 57-49

Previous rating: 12

The Mariners surprised everyone by acquiring Castillo from the Reds, but it cost them three of the top five prospects, including shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo. However, Castillo is under the team’s control for one more season, giving them a better starting lineup to help possibly cap George Kirby and Logan Gilbert’s innings going forward, meaning the Mariners will head out in 2023 with six good starting pitcher options. However, they didn’t add anything noteworthy to the offense, a line-up that Julio Rodriguez is missing for another week after he was hit on the wrist. They’ll bring back Mitch Honeyger soon, but he’s going to have to make a huge impact. — Shenfield


11. Philadelphia Phillies

Write down: 56-48

Previous rating: 13

The Phillies got three big deals on deadline, acquiring starter Noah Sindergaard, supplyer David Robertson and center fielder Brandon Marsh, as well as acquiring shortstop Edmundo Sosa a couple of days prior. Marsh’s deal to capture would-be Logan O’Hopp may be the most intriguing yet. Marsh gives the Phillies their best center back in years, though he struggled for the plate in his first full season in the Majors, hitting .226/.284/.353 for the Angels. O’Hopp, who played the Futures Game, hit .275/.392/.496 with 15 home runs in Double-A. The Phillies missed a good prospect, but they needed a legitimate center fielder and will be hoping to have Marsh’s bat come back as they aim for the wild card spot. — Shenfield


12. Tampa Bay Rays

Write down: 55-49

Previous rating: eleven

Depth, depth, depth is the key to the rest of the Ray season. There are 15 players on the team’s injured list, and quite a few of them are members of the pitching staff. Tampa Bay misses Wander Franco, who is still number two on the team in WAR among position players. The offense depended on Yandy Diaz, who hit .286/.395/.398 with five homers in 93 games played this season. — Lee


13 Minnesota Twins

Write down: 55-49

Previous rating: ten

The Twins continue to cling to a narrow division lead as they stumble on the pitch. Minnesota has lost 12 of 19 games since July 6. During that time, the Twins have given up 5.8 runs per game, the second most in major tournaments, with only two teams giving up more homers. Of course, the Twins are hoping their deadlines will strengthen the staff, but the guys at hand need to work too. The Twins have rotated 6.09 ERAs since the start of July, with Joe Ryan leading the charge with 4.55 ERAs. Every other starter with more than one trip since July 1 has posted an ERA of 5.92 or worse. – Doolittle.


14. Cleveland Guardians

Write down: 54-50

Previous rating: fifteen

The Guardians haven’t done anything on the trade deadline that we could talk about (almost literally), and on the field, Cleveland continues to cling to the break-even line along with other contenders in its division. For storage…