MLB Trade Scenarios: Ranking the Contenders Before the Deadline

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MLB Trade Scenarios: Ranking the Contenders Before the Deadline
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With the trade deadline fast approaching, the chances for Major League Baseball's top contenders to bolster their World Series hopes is dwindling.

While there are many of the usual suspects on top of their respective divisions like the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants, a few teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, who finished 34 games back last year and the Cleveland Indians, who finished 25 back, are still keeping their playoff hopes alive late into the season.

Let's take a look at who the top contenders of 2011 are and how possible trades could affect their playoff hopes. 

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