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The MLB All-Star break has come and gone, and already we’ve seen a pair of significant trades made since the start of the second half.
The Chicago Cubs swung a deal with the Chicago White Sox for left-hander Jose Quintana, while the Washington Nationals picked up veteran relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics.
That’s likely just the tip of the iceberg in what figures to be another busy trade season leading up to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
With so many teams around the .500 mark and that extra wild-card spot up for grabs, it will be a seller’s market.
As for our weekly rankings, everyone is still chasing the Los Angeles Dodgers, as they’ve won nine in a row and gone a ridiculous 29-4 overall in their last 33 games.
Remember, these rankings are fluid, and teams rise and fall based on where they were ranked the previous week. If a team keeps winning, it will keep climbing—it’s as simple as that.
With that in mind, here’s a look at where all 30 teams stand:
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Chicago Cubs (Up 5 Spots)
With one eye on the present and another on the near future, the Cubs landed the controllable arm they’ve been searching for when they shipped a package of four prospects—headlined by Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease—to the crosstown White Sox for Jose Quintana.
The 28-year-old immediately helps a starting rotation that has been plagued by inconsistency this season, while also possessing a team-friendly deal that will pay him roughly $30 million through the 2020 season.
Quintana has had an up-and-down year after a terrific 2016 season, but he was at his best in his Cubs debut Sunday, allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings while striking out a season-high 12 batters.
That helped lead the Cubs to a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles as they started the second half on a much-needed high note.
How much more the Cubs…