MLB Rumors: Analyzing All the Latest Whispers, News and Speculation

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MLB Rumors: Analyzing All the Latest Whispers, News and Speculation
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When play begins on June 12, the 2014 Major League Baseball season will sit exactly seven weeks away from the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. With this year's first-year player draft in the rear-view mirror, each front office can now fully focus on improving itself for a run at October or on trading away assets for a better tomorrow.

At the end of play on June 11, only three teams—Tampa Bay, Arizona and the Cubs—sat more than six games out of postseason position. With so few teams buried, day-to-day results have taken on increased importance for 27 possible contenders.

With daily rumors floating around the game, teams that strike early could reap major benefits over the next few weeks. In a season where one or two games could separate a team from finishing in fourth place or receiving a postseason berth, adding major pieces in late Junerather than late Julymay equal an extra win or two in the standings.

As speculation flies, Bleacher Report is here to unearth the best rumors, dissect the ramifications and bring perspective to the season thus far.

Here is what you need to know about the latest rumors and banter around the game right now.


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

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