Dan Szymborski writes about August X-factors for teams in the playoff hunt. He points to the Reds and Athletics as teams in dire need to have a resurgence offensively.
While the standings may not say it right now, the Miami Marlins, thanks to a crop of elite prospects, have one of the brightest futures in the league.
The San Diego Padres signed shortstop Ronny Cedeno to a minor league contract Saturday because All-Star Everth Cabrera is facing a 50 game suspension by Major League Baseball as part of its investigation of the Biogenesis drug clinic.
The way Buck Showalter sees it, Alex Rodriguez's possible suspension will mean that the New York Yankees will end up with Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters in two years.
Dan Szymborski takes a look at the winners and losers after the MLB trade deadline.