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MLB Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Need Jon Lester

MLB Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Need Jon Lester

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As the MLB trade deadline creeps closer, there are plenty of teams that could use Jon Lester in their rotation for the home stretch of the season.

5. Miami Marlins

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5. Miami Marlins

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Although the Marlins may not have the pieces for a big trade, acquiring Jon Lester would be huge. Miami does need another starting pitcher to bolster the rotation, and Lester would fit that role.

4. Baltimore Orioles

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4. Baltimore Orioles

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For the Orioles to continue battling in the AL East, acquiring Jon Lester would be huge as well. The Red Sox are open to trading Lester to the Orioles or the Toronto Blue Jays. Baltimore needs to do something at the deadline.

3. Milwaukee Brewers

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3. Milwaukee Brewers

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With the other top teams going after Jon Lester, the Brewers should be in on him too. Milwaukee does not have enough pitching to contend with the St. Louis Cardinals or the Pittsburgh Pirates in the division. It will be harder for the Brewers to contend if another pitcher is not added.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

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2. St. Louis Cardinals

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If the Pirates are in on Jon Lester, the Cardinals need to be too. Missing Michael Wacha has not really hurt St. Louis yet, but the team definitely should try to add Lester for the long haul. Once Wacha comes back, a rotation of Adam Wainwright, Lester and Wacha would be something very dangerous.

1. Pittsburgh Pirates

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1. Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pirates have the best chance of acquiring Jon Lester. Pittsburgh is two games out of first place in the NL Central and should take every opportunity to move a pitcher or two to acquire Lester. The division race is going to be tight. Any extra help would give the Pirates a lift.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. He comments on the MLB trade deadline. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.