As the 2014 Major League Baseball season speeds toward the quarter pole, the process of evaluating players and teams is reaching a critical juncture for front-office minds around the sport. While the process is paramount to each team's success, results must be weighed differently as the calender moves through May.
Over the next few weeks, teams will be less likely to write off early-season slumps and more willing to make significant, season-altering decisions. From calling up a minor league star to sending down a former top prospect to jumping into the trade market before Memorial Day, nothing can be ruled out in a league of even teams.
Entering play on May 14, over 63 percent of teams—19 of 30 teams, to be exact—entered play within three games of the .500 mark. On a daily basis, almost every team is capable of competing and justified in dreaming about October baseball.
In order to withstand the grind of a 162-game season, reinforcements, changes and difficult decisions must commence. On a weekly basis, rumors arise with that edict in mind.
The following is what you need to know about the latest rumors and banter around the game right now.