Boston Red Sox Rumors: Playing Fact or Fiction with the Latest Trade Chatter

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Boston Red Sox Rumors: Playing Fact or Fiction with the Latest Trade Chatter
Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

The July 31 trade deadline is now just eight days away, and rumors surrounding the Boston Red Sox are popping up left and right.

Despite a recent hot streak that's seen the Red Sox win eight of their past 10 games, Boston still finds itself 8.5 games out of first place in the AL East. Baseball Prospectus gives the Sox just a 5.8 percent chance at making the playoffs, and they'll need to dominate against division opponents to make up significant ground.

Boston's recent resurgence has some wondering if the Sox should look to be buyers instead of sellers at the deadline, while others argue that the Sox should simply stand pat and let the chips fall where they may.

But regardless of which path they choose, one thing is certain: We're going to hear all sorts of crazy rumors over the next eight days.

With that in mind, let's play a quick round of Fact or Fiction with some of the latest gossip the Internet has to offer when it comes to the Sox and July 31.

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