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MLB Contenders with the Most Valuable Chips to Play with During Trade Season
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Carlos Martinez might not crack the Cardinals rotation in 2013 but he could be the centerpiece in a deal to land a frontline starter.

Back in early April, I wrote about five teams that appeared to have the most prospect depth to make trades later in the season. While we're still at least a month away before teams start getting really serious about making trades, it's a good time to update the list, considering all of the injuries that may have decimated roster depth, as well as players exceeding or falling short of expectations early in the season. 

A couple of the same teams are still on the list, although the bar has already been lowered for the term "strong organizational depth." Each of the five teams referenced in the previously mentioned article has lost at least one key player to injury, and it's hard to find a team in the majors which hasn't been affected by the injury bug. 

Not surprisingly, each of the five teams from the early-season article (Cardinals, Padres, Pirates, Rangers, Rays) is playing well. Having strong organizational depth has certainly helped fill any holes on the roster created by injury or by players not performing well. In most cases, though, their surpluses of depth, which would've increased the likelihood of a trade, are all but gone. 

The quantity of trade chips each team possesses has very likely decreased since April, but here are the five teams in best positions to make deals. 

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