"Rumors aren't interested in the unsensational story; rumors don't care what's true.”
That was a quote utilized by famed author John Irving in his 13th novel, In One Person. And the phrase certainly fits when it comes to rumors heard in Major League Baseball.
Most rumors that are generated in MLB are centered around some type of movement, whether it be through free agency or via the trade market. It doesn't necessarily matter how the rumors get started, but once they do, they spread like wildfire through the blogosphere and social media networks.
Irving is absolutely correct in saying that rumors don't care about the truth; however, they do serve to generate tremendous interest among fans who are pining through the winter months waiting for baseball to begin anew.
Less than three weeks have passed since the end of the 2012 season, and rumors have already run rampant regarding the possible destinations of free agents and trade candidates.
I will attempt to weave my way through 50 of the hottest rumors that have been circulating through the World Wide Web. The rumors will be ranked according to plausibility—is it complete bunk, or is there a ring of truth surrounding the rumor?
Let's take a look.