MLB Trade Ideas Based on the Latest News, Rumors and Speculation

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MLB Trade Ideas Based on the Latest News, Rumors and Speculation
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Could Cliff Lee finally be on the verge of actually leaving Philadelphia?

With less than four weeks remaining until the MLB July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the action around the league is starting to pick up.

First, the Chicago Cubs sent starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland A’s for a package that included Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily. Then, relief pitcher Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana were acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks by the Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Joey Krehbiel and outfielder Zach Borenstein.

In other words, the stakes in the American League West were raised. But what about the other players rumored to be available?

Here are four MLB trade scenarios based on actual need and published rumors from the week ending Sunday, July 6. 

As a standard note, the following proposals are nothing more than postulation. The point here is to build a trade based on someone else's written or spoken word.

They are balanced deals that are fair for each team, though, and take into consideration each franchise's strengths and weaknesses. 

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