2021 MLB Power Rankings: Race to the Postseason

30. Arizona Diamondbacks (33-73)

This Week: vs. San Francisco (4), @ San Diego (3)

Arizona was always going to be a seller at the trade deadline, but the franchise didn’t execute a complete fire-sale like many expected. The club opted to hang onto starters like Caleb Smith and Merrill Kelly — under control through 2022 and 2024, respectively — and All-Star Ketel Marte. But while the last place Diamondbacks didn’t go all out on the market, they did send All-Star third baseman Eduardo Escobar to Milwaukee in exchange for two minor leaguers. The season has long been lost, but the last few months will be important for Arizona to determine which players will be a part of its future.

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29. Pittsburgh Pirates (40-65)

This Week: @ Milwaukee (3), @ Cincinnati (4) 

At the start of the trading frenzy, the Pirates dealt All-Star Adam Frazier to the San Diego Padres. Pittsburgh remained active up until the final minutes of the deadline, executing multiple trades as the clock ticked down. Star closer Richard Rodriguez was the biggest prize, but he was only one of three relievers shipped out of town — the others being Clay Holmes and Austin Davis. Starter Tyler Anderson was moved to Seattle in exchange for two prospects, as well. The rebuild is fully on for the Buccos.

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