MLB Free Agency 2013: Playing Fact or Fiction with All the Hottest Rumors

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MLB Free Agency 2013: Playing Fact or Fiction with All the Hottest Rumors
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The 2013 MLB free-agency period has been going on for a couple of months now; in which time we have witnessed some surprises as well as significant speculation surrounding landing spots for the top free agents.

While the field has narrowed, there is certainly no shortage of rumors going around involving several names that are left on the market.

A factor that has had a significant impact on the signing, or lack thereof, of some players happens to be Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan points out that MLB teams are hesitant to sign players like a Michael Bourn or Kyle Lohse because they received and turned down qualifying offers from their former teams.

Of course, this means that should Team X decide to sign Kyle Lohse, they'd be forced to give up a draft pick and draft pool money.

While there are solutions out there to avoid the loss of a draft pick (sign-and-trades, etc.) this caveat has led to prolonged free agency for some players, many of whom have seen their names tied to several teams in the process.

Here is a take on some of the hottest rumors surrounding MLB free agents; let's play fact or fiction.

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