Fact or Fiction on All the Biggest MLB Free Agency, Trade Rumors

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Fact or Fiction on All the Biggest MLB Free Agency, Trade Rumors
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Perhaps lost in the lively discussion surrounding the Baseball Hall of Fame ballots is that the MLB hot stove is heating back up after the lull of the holidays.

As teams offer their best shots to woo Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka, other big names are starting to circulate the rumor mill, too. Don't look now, but there's only about five weeks left until pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

Some teams still have some heavy lifting to do before Opening Day, and there are marquee names on both the trading block and in free agency. It all adds up to what should be a nice flurry of offseason activity in winter's final weeks.

Here's a look at some of the biggest baseball rumors as of late and analysis of which ones have the best chance of coming to fruition.

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