True or false? Fact or fiction?
We are not even a full month into the offseason, and already we have seen the Philadelphia Phillies linked to almost every warm body capable of playing center field or third base—and those aren't their only holes to fill.
With so much technology and a constant stream of information flowing about the offseason in today's game, it is important to approach the winter with a grain of salt and a heaping helping of common sense.
The Phillies are more than a professional sports team. They're also a business. They operate under a budget and cannot overspend in certain areas while leaving other portions of the club bare, so keep that in mind when you hear them linked to guys like Zack Greinke, for example, whom they will not be signing.
So who do the Phillies have interest in? Glad you asked.
The slideshow will go through all of the popular rumors in Philadelphia and attempt to interpret which ones are "fact" and others that are "fiction.
If a player receives the "fact" label, it does not mean that he is going to sign with the Phillies. It means that the opportunity exits and is plausible. On the other hand, if a player is labeled "fiction," do not expect to see him with the Phillies next season.