With the baseball calender flipped to June, major introspection is soon to occur in every front office around the sport. At the conclusion of this year's draft, which is set to take place from June 5-7, all hands on deck will be re-focused on the day-to-day operations of the season.
For teams in contention, that means scouring the market for impact additions, upgrading the final spots on the roster and choosing which prospects to make available in trade talks. Over the next two months, pennants are won and lost.
For teams looking forward to 2015 and beyond, that means identifying which veterans to sell, how to break transaction news to fans and identifying which young prospects to target in potential franchise-changing deals. Over the next two months, future pennants are won and lost.
With more than a third of the season in the books, business is about to pick up. No longer are rumors simply fodder for beat writers or columnists. Instead, every nugget, rumor and inkling from an insider could be the prelude to a season-changing deal.
Here is what you need to know about the latest rumors and banter around the game right now.
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.