The MLB offseason is officially under way. Let the rumors begin!
If you can sense my excitement, you are also likely a fan of the Hot Stove, where 99 percent of things discussed never actually happen. It doesn't mean that it's not fun. The 1 percent of what actually does happen can have a tremendous impact on how the seasons turns out.
The world champion Red Sox, who revamped their roster last offseason, are the perfect example.
While the Sox could once again dominate headlines this winter, they won't be alone. The Yankees probably have more holes to fill than any team in the majors, but no one knows how much they're willing to spend.
The Astros and Twins may or may not be big spenders. The Cardinals and Dodgers have the ability to spend big but could stand pat. Will teams that are coming off disappointing seasons shake up their rosters?
Because we don't know the definite answers to all these questions, there are going to be interesting rumors floating around for the next few months.
I'll be doing my best this offseason to help you to separate fact from fiction, starting with these five.