The 2023 MLB Team Power Rankings List (Post-Trade Deadline Edition)

The 2023 MLB Trade Deadline has officially passed, and playoff contenders have largely got their rosters set for September and October. Now that the deadline has passed, how do the 30 MLB teams stack up against one another? Let’s take a look at our updated MLB team power rankings.

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2023 MLB Team June Power Rankings

It’s been two months since our last team power rankings list update. Before we get into our all 30 MLB team shake out after the Trade Deadline, let’s take a look at our last update:

  • 30. Athletics
  • 29. Royals
  • 28. Rockies
  • 27. Nationals
  • 26. Cardinals
  • 25. Cubs
  • 24. White Sox
  • 23. Tigers
  • 22. Mets
  • 21. Phillies
  • 20. Padres
  • 19. Reds
  • 18. Mariners
  • 17. Guardians
  • 16. Red Sox
  • 15. Giants
  • 14. Angels
  • 13. Twins
  • 12. Pirates
  • 11. Blue Jays
  • 10. Marlins
  • 9. Yankees
  • 8. Brewers
  • 7. Dodgers
  • 6. Orioles
  • 5. Astros
  • 4. Diamondbacks
  • 3. Rangers
  • 2. Braves
  • 1. Rays

2023 MLB Team Power Rankings

Let’s start with the teams ranked 30-11:

  • 30. Athletics
  • 29. Royals
  • 28. Rockies
  • 27. White Sox (DOWN)
  • 26. Cardinals
  • 25. Nationals (UP)
  • 24. Tigers (DOWN)
  • 23. Mets (DOWN)
  • 22. Pirates (DOWN)
  • 21. Guardians (DOWN)
  • 20. Padres
  • 19. Yankees (DOWN)
  • 18. Twins (DOWN)
  • 17. Diamondbacks (DOWN)
  • 16. Mariners (UP)
  • 15. Cubs (UP)
  • 14. Angels
  • 13. Marlins (DOWN)
  • 12. Brewers (DOWN)
  • 11. Red Sox (UP)

After poor first halves, the White Sox, Cardinals, and Mets all sold off big names. All three are in the bottom third of our list, but two teams that took significant dips over the past two months are the Yankees (-10) and Diamondbacks (-13).

The Yankees offense struggled in June and July, thanks to struggles from some of the team’s veterans and an injury to reigning AL MVP Aaron Judge. Anthony Rizzo had a rough two months before being placed on the IL with post-concussion syndrome.

Arizona, meanwhile, went 8-16 in July and a loss on August 3 bumped the Diamondbacks to a 5-14 record in the second half. The Diamondbacks fell back to third in the NL West, behind the Giants and Dodgers.

10. Phillies (UP)

The Phillies didn’t pick up another outfielder at the deadline, but Philadelphia did acquire SP Michael Lorenzen from the Tigers. Lorenzen’s first start went quite well, as he threw eight strong innings and got the win against the rival Marlins on August 3.

Despite the fact that the Phillies are in a playoff spot as of this writing, down years from Trea Turner and Aaron Nola are a concern.

9. Blue Jays (UP)

The Blue Jays had a tough go of it in late July and early August. Toronto lost three of four to rival Baltimore and lost Jordan Romano and Bo Bichette to the IL. Stll, the Jays remain ten games over .500 and two games ahead of the Red Sox for the final playoff spot in the American League.

Toronto has a deep roster on paper, but the keys moving forward will be whether the Jays can get consistency out of the starters and whether spark plug George Springer can find his groove at the plate.

8. Reds (UP)

The young Reds have been arguably MLB’s biggest surprise in 2023, as Cincinnati currently leads the NL Central just one year after a massive sell-off and a 100-loss season. Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain have provided sparks, while a stellar bullpen has helped shut down leads late.

The rotation is still a concern, though, as Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo remain on the IL. 

7. Giants (UP)

The San Francisco Giants may not be a powerhouse on paper, but they certainly know how to win games. The Giants shut out the D-Backs on August 3 to move to 61-49 and just two games out of first place in the NL West.

A big strength of the Giants is their pitching, as a strong bullpen and a rotation led by Logan Webb currently holds the league’s eighth-best team ERA (3.87).

6. Rays (DOWN)

After a strong 23-6 run through March and April, the Rays were unable to sustain that early season pace. Tampa does have a winning record over the last three months, but the Rays went just 43-39 since May 1. A number of injuries struck the rotation, which included season-ending injuries to Drew Rasmussen and Jeffrey Springs. Not to mention, ace Shane McClanahan is back on the IL.

Tampa remains in good shape to make it to the MLB Playoffs. However, the Rays are no longer in possession of first place in the AL East.

5. Dodgers (UP)

The Dodgers surged past the Diamondbacks in July to take first place in the NL West, thanks in large part to the usual suspects. Freddie Freeman has been one of the league’s best hitters, and Mookie Betts belted 29 home runs in his first 101 games. However, the rotation has been an ongoing question mark thanks to injuries.

The Dodgers acquired SP Lance Lynn from the White Sox and nearly added a second starter in Eduardo Rodriguez, before the latter used his no-trade clause to veto the deal. The question now becomes this: can Clayton Kershaw come back and be the difference maker the Dodgers need?

4. Rangers (DOWN)

The Rangers are still in first place as of this writing, but Texas will have to contend with a surging Astros team in order to secure a first-round bye and a berth in the ALDS. The Rangers made two big acquisitions in late July, as Max Scherzer and Jordan Montgomery are now in Texas.

With a deep lineup and a rotation with a new look, health will be the key over the next two months.

3. Astros (UP)

The Astros gave up two top prospects to get back Justin Verlander, but his return to Houston gives them a deep rotation. Now, Houston can line up Verlander and Framber Valdez as the team’s 1-2 punch in October. 

With Verlander back, and Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve healthy, Houston is set to defend their title from 2022.

2. Orioles (UP)

While the Rays have trended downward since Tampa’s hot start, the Orioles surged. Baltimore went 17-9 during the month of July and overtook the Rays for first in the AL East. With a well-balanced and deep lineup that includes Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, and Adley Rutschman, the O’s have the depth to make a run in October.

Ultimately, it will come down to the pitching. Baltimore didn’t swing for the fences at the deadline, but the Orioles did pick up right-hander Jack Flaherty to shore up the rotation. In his first start as an Oriole on August 3, Flaherty struck out eight and allowed just one run over eight innings.

1. Braves (UP)

The Braves shored up the bullpen – arguably Atlanta’s lone weak spot – with the additions of Pierce Johnson and Brad Hand.

Atlanta still ranks first in the league in team OPS (.837) and are in the top ten in ERA (3.85). And on August 4, ace Max Fried is set to make his first start since May 5.

Note: All stats as of August 3.