The news that the Yankees nearly acquired the biggest trade chip this summer is sending shockwaves around Major League Baseball. Not only because the best team in the league came close to acquiring one of the best pitchers, but because the trade of Cliff Lee will act as the catalyst.

Lee’s trade will likely kick start the frenzy before the July 31 trading deadline.

Numerous teams across the league need numerous pieces. However, there are 15 glaring holes that need to be filled if these teams are to contend or continue to contend as they have done to this part of the season.

Here is a look at the 15 most pressing needs in baseball on the Friday before the all-star break.

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