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How did the Astros stack up against the AL West at the MLB trade deadline?

As always, the American League West was a mover and shaker at the deadline.

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The trade deadline is always marks the time that the MLB season is turning the corner of home. The face of American League West changed after the trade deadline once again this season -- the image of who is going for it and who is holding pat is very clear. No let's look at what each team did:

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

7/24 -- Traded for Conor Gillaspie from White Sox for cash
7/27 -- Traded for Shane Victorino from Red Sox and cash for Josh Rutledge
7/28 -- Traded for David DeJesus from Rays for Eric StametsTraded for David Murphy from Indians for SS Eric Stamets.
7/29 -- Designated Efren Navarro
7/30 -- Sign Wesley Wright to minor league contract

At the time of the trade deadline, the Angels were in first place in the American League. They were and still are leaning heavily on players on their roster without needing to upgrade -- aka they have all-universe player Mike Trout. The moves the Angels made were to help raise the level of veteran talent on their roster -- Shane Victorino, David Murphy, and David DeJesus. All three moves would have helped fill the gap if Trout had missed time with his wrist injury. The Angels still have questions in the starting rotation with C.J. Wilson out for the season and Jered Weaver on the mend.

Oakland Athletics

7/23 --  Traded Scott Kazmir to Astros for Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham
7/27 -- Traded Tyler Clippard and cash to  Mets for Casey Meisner
7/28 --  Traded Ben Zobrist and cash to Royals for Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea
7/30 -- Signed free agent Brent Morel to a minor league contract
7/31 -- Traded for Felix Doubront from the Blue Jays for cash, Traded Ryan Cook to Red Sox for Player To Be Named Later

Billy Beane waived the white flag. After a full season of expecting the A's stats to turn around and they make in the standing, it never came. The A's had a few moveable parts and they were able to find a deal for most of them. The best deal they got by far was the Scott Kazmir trade. It wasn't a steal, but it was a fair trade. Jacob Nottingham could turn into an offensive force at catcher in the future, or at the very least a major league player at catcher.

Seattle Mariners

7/06 -- Release Willie Bloomquist
7/30 -- Traded Dustin Ackley to  Yankees for Jose Ramirez and LF Ramon Flores
7/31 -- Traded J.A. Happ to Pirates for Adrian Sampson, Traded Mark Lowe to  Blue Jays for Rob Rasmussen, Jacob Brentz and Nick Wells

I'm not 100 percent sure the M's are waiving the white flag but they're more than likely are. Ackley and Happ were starters for Seattle. At this point, I have say think Seattle is already turning their attention to 2016 and playing for a higher draft pick.

Texas Rangers

7/04 -- Neftali Feliz elected free agency
7/11 -- Designated Ross Detwiler for assignment
7/22 -- Signed free agent Eury Rodriguez to a minor league contract
7/27 -- Designated  Ross Ohlendorf for assignment
7/29 -- Designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment
7/31 -- Traded for Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and cash from Phillies for Matt Harrison,  Jorge Alfaro, Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Williams,  Alec Asher and Jake Thompson, Traded for Sam Dyson from Marlins for Tomas Telis and Cody Ege

Now, the Rangers could be going for the division crown. I wouldn't be surprised a healthy Josh Hamilton and a Cole Hamels will propel the Rangers past the Angels. Now will they get past the Astros? I don't think they've done enough. The 2016 Rangers will have one of the best one-two punch in the majors with Yu Darvish and Hamels. The move to pick up Hamels seems like a move for the future then a move for this season.