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MLB Trade Speculation: Breaking Down the Hottest Trade Winds Around the League
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Philadelphia's former Cy Young award winner Cliff Lee has drawn interest from several teams after his 7-2 start to the season.

The Major League Baseball regular season is more than one-third of the way complete, which means that MLB trade rumors are spreading throughout the media and the league as teams seek to acquire players to improve their rosters.

As of June 8, the Philadelphia Phillies sit at one game below .500 and seven games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. Despite Philadelphia's slow start, former AL Cy Young award winner Cliff Lee is flourishing for the Phillies. Lee has a 7-2 record, 1.01 WHIP and 2.55 ERA, which has drawn interest from several teams across the league, according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi

Another pitcher from the National League East, the Miami Marlins' Ricky Nolasco, has been mentioned in trade speculation as Miami looks to continue cutting costs. CBS Sports' baseball insider Jon Heyman suggests that the Baltimore Orioles could be a good fit for Nolasco.

Staying in the National League, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been mentioned in trade speculation since his Brewers are in the cellar of the N.L. Central and will likely make changes to their roster. Fox Sports' Morosi wrote that Ramirez could end up in Los Angeles or the state of Ohio in a trade.

The New York Post's George King III wrote that Joba Chamberlain could be on the trading block for the Yankees since he is going to become a free agent after this season and "is not a strong candidate to return."

While these are just rumors and speculation and the non-waiver trade deadline is not until July 31, it is never too early to discuss the hottest trade talks in baseball.

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