2. Tampa Bay Rays- The Rays added a key piece to the their bullpen with the trade for Chad Qualls from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Qualls will help ease some of the pressure put on Rafael Soriano. Although Qualls numbers arent that great this year(8.01 ERA and 1.96 WHIP) he is a two-time all star. He also brings a closing role with him seeing that he had 12 saves with the rebuilding Dbacks. Although the Rays have competition with the Yankees in the AL East, they are the favorites to get the Wild Card and don't count them out quite yet with the 2nd best record in the MLB.
1. Arizona Diamondbacks- Well we can certainly say that the Diamondbacks wont have a run at the playoffs for the next 3-5 years. The reason for this is trading away half of their pitching staff who are fairly young and the best they have. Dan Haren who was the ace for the Dbacks was traded to the Angels for Joe Saunders and other players. With Brandon Webb on the DL now the Dbacks dont have an ace to rely on. Edwin Jackson who threw a no hitter was also traded. He was second in command to Haren.
2. Philadelphia Phillies- Some people might say that the trade for Roy Oswalt is smart but I think it was a stupid trade. First off the guy is 32 years old and they traded away J.A. Happ who is only 27 and is just starting to become a decent pitcher. Another reason why this move is dumb is that this now eats up another $15 Million that could have been used to resign Cliff Lee (Mind you he only wanted $9 Million) or could have been used to resign Jayson Werth or sign Carl Crawford in this offseason but now they dont have the money to do much to improve their team. Only positive thing about Oswalt is that he is another strong pitcher to help the Phillies in the tight NL East race.
3. Minnesota Twins- The Twins had the chance to get Cliff Lee and Dan Haren but wouldnt give up the prospect everyone wanted. I mean you have to give a little to get a little. I mean this year they had no shot in the AL Central but next year they could have been a contender with an ace like one of those. The Twins had the same oppurtunity last year with Lee but again didnt want to give up the prospects.