With Major League Baseball’s 2022 trade deadline on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, teams are jockeying to make deals for the stretch run.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have gone 7-3 since the All-Star break to move ahead of the New York Yankees for the top ranking in USA TODAY Sports’ MLB power rankings.
The Yankees, 5-5 since the break, lost both games against the Mets early in the week but bounced back to take three of four from the Kansas City Royals. Leading the American League East by 11 ½ games, the Yankees have a tough week ahead with series against the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals.
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Here’s how USA TODAY Sports’ eight-person panel voted this week:
Rank (movement from last week)
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (+1)
- Landed veteran reliever Chris Martin in exchange for Zach McKinstry.
2. New York Yankees (-1)
- Aaron Judge (42 HR through Saturday) could break Roger Maris’ AL record of 61.
3. Houston Astros (–)
- Yordan Alvarez had a 1.146 OPS in July … down nearly 200 points from torrid June.
4. New York Mets (–)
5. Atlanta Braves (–)
- Five-game series in New York starting Thursday will be pivotal in NL East.
6. Toronto Blue Jays (+1)
- Matt Chapman in July: .325 average, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 1.095 OPS.
7. San Diego Padres (-1)
8. Milwaukee Brewers (–)
- Devin Williams put together 30 consecutive scoreless appearance through Saturday.
9. Seattle Mariners (+2)