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Phillies, White Sox have several trade deadline pieces to sell

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee throws against

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The non-waiver trade deadline is Wednesday at 4 p.m. which leaves teams looking to fortify their problem areas plenty of time to do some last-minute shopping. Here are the top five trade pieces on the market so far:

Cliff Lee, LHP, Phillies

Lee, 34, is displaying his typical excellent control during a typically excellent season. The All-Star is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 144.2 innings and...

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Jose Veras traded to Detroit Tigers

Houston Astros relief pitcher Jose Veras throws during

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The Detroit Tigers have traded for Astros closer Jose Veras in a move meant to shore up their late-inning relief. The Tigers announced the deal Monday morning.

Veras was 0-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 19 saves for the Astros. He's struck out 44 in 43 innings. It was the righty's first stint as closer.

Joaquin Benoit will remain the Tigers' closer with Veras serving as his set-up man. Benoit...

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