The first month of the 2014 season is in the books, leaving baseball fans to opine about their respective teams. In a league of parity, few franchises outside of Houston and Arizona look buried this early in the season. Thus, the opportunity to upgrade on a daily basis is a task for every general manager.
Throughout the long, grinding 162-game campaign, rumors and speculation swirl on a daily basis. From trade talks to team employees leaking inside information to beat reporters, baseball's season specializes in turning the mundane into water-cooler talk.
As May begins, rumors are swirling. While we're likely still a month away from season-changing trades, contributors are available through free agency, respective farm systems and even the future international market.
Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about the latest big rumors around the sport.
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. Stats valid entering play April 30, 2014.