These are my quick and dirty grades for each team for the July 31st deadline. I am typing these in the Brandon, VT Public Library.
With access only to ESPNNews via the Dish Network and USA Today, I expect to miss something. If so, the team can bring it to my attention and I'll make the appropriate changes.
Yankees: A++++ Gave up nothing for Bobby Abreu, Cory Lidle and Craig Wilson. I can understand why some people hate the Yanks - the rich get richer.
Red Sox: F Hoping to stay ahead of the Yanks after their highway robbery 31st is unrealistic. Bryan Corey just.....doesn't....do....it.
Blue Jays: F Running Hillenbrand out of town and having to add a middle reliever for a middle reliever...
Orioles: F Exactly what does this team need Kevin Millar and Jeff Conine for?
Devil Rays: B- Joel Guzman is a very nice prospect, but he is an OF and the Rays already have too many.
Tigers: B Sean Casey gives them some left-handed hitting ability, but has little to offer in terms of pop. Gave up nothing to get him though, and can still recall Shelton.
White Sox: F Mike MacDougal? Not enough to fend off the Twins and Yanks/Red Sox
Twins: D Got something for Kyle Lohse, but no hitting upgrade.
Indians: A Shin Choo was a nice pick-up. Hector Luna doesn't do anything, but Shapiro deserves an A for recognizing he was out of it. And now they have a 21-year-old Low A catching propsect!
Royals: A Grabbed Ryan Shealy for nothing and got mid-level propsects for the nothing that passed for major league players.
A's: C Sometimes doing nothing isn't bad.
Mariners: B Broussard will produce. The M's are willing to pay $3+MM for it. The Indians are not.
<Rangers: A</b> Carlos Lee was the best player acquired, and the team acquired a starting pitcher who isn't a rookie in Kip Wells.
Angels: F C'mon! The team couldn't top the Yankees offer of Shawn Chacon for Craig Wilson?!?!?!?!?!?!?! That is just plain laziness.