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MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Rumors Swirling Around Cole Hamels, Justin Upton & More

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Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on June 19, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) | Getty

Major league baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching and rumors are swirling surrounding several big-name players.

Who will be dealt before 4 p.m. EST on July 31?

Fewer teams are expected to be sellers this year because the addition of a second wild-card spot allows more clubs to stay in contention. But there should still be plenty of movement involving teams that are way behind in the playoff race.

Will the five-time defending NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies unload players?

Can the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates make a big move in hopes of securing their first winning season since 1992?

The New York Yankees have the best record in baseball, but they can afford any of the high-priced rental players out there. Who can help them?

How can the Texas Rangers improve their chances of finally winning the World Series after losing it two straight years?

Let's examine those questions by taking a closer look at five players who could be switching uniforms:

(All captions via AP)

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