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MLB Trade Rumors: Updating Every Contender's Biggest Trade Chip
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In the first season of Major League Baseball's newly-expanded playoff format, a record number of teams remain in contention as Memorial Day looms.

They each possess valuable trade chips to offer in exchanges for impact players. I have identified the biggest talents being shopped and provided links to prove it.

At this point, only eight clubs appear to be "out of it"—either because they face a daunting uphill battle after the season's first quarter, or because they've expressed an organizational indifference to winning in 2012.

These probable mid-summer sellers—the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners—have been excluded from this article.

But that leaves more than 70 percent of the league left to dissect.

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