Buckle up, baseball fans.
With the halfway mark of the 2014 season approaching, it's time for contenders to take the next step on the road to postseason contention. Over the next six weeks, the 2014 MLB All-Star Game will take center stage, followed by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Between now and then, the fate of October could be determined.
From legitimate news reports to unfounded speculation, it's imperative for fans to determine which rumors to grasp onto as the season careens into the second half.
As conjecture 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 banter surrounding the game right now.
Unless otherwise noted, statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs and are accurate entering play on June 26. All contract figures are courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts at Baseball Prospectus, and roster projections are via MLB Depth Charts.