MLB Rumors: Analyzing All Early-Season Whispers, News and Speculation

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MLB Rumors: Analyzing All Early-Season Whispers, News and Speculation
Michael Perez

The 2014 Major League Baseball season is young, but the news cycle is in midseason form. With narratives building, breakout performances becoming more immune to small sample sizes and the schedule in full force, it's time to talk about what's brooding beneath the surface of wins and losses.

As any longtime baseball fan has probably heard, you can't win a pennant in April, but you sure can lose one. Hot starts, April injuries or inauspicious opening acts for new faces in new places aren't guaranteed to derail the season or ruin offseason work by front offices. 

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't pay close attention to rumors and trends in April. By honing in on whispers emanating from MLB cities, fans can separate the signal from the noise throughout the summer and on the path to meaningful games in August and September.

Here's a collection of the hot topics among baseball executives, scouts and media members.  

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Roster projections via MLB Depth Charts.

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