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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Jon Lester is now with the Oakland Athletics, but he's not likely to stay there long with free agency looming.

Now that the MLB trade deadline has passed following a smorgasbord of activity, we can finally pack up the rumor mill and prepare for the stretch run.

Or, you know, do the opposite of that.

Because of this wacky Internet thing, the hot stove may cool down, but it never turns off. Everyone needs the page hits, and you need to devote your attention to something other than work-related tasks. Besides, not all transactions are player swaps during the dog days of August.

Trades don’t have to halt just yet, as a general manager can still barter a player if he’s willing to place him on the waiver wire. The winning claim either earns the rights to negotiate a trade or gains him outright if the other club wants to let go altogether.

And it’s not like the offseason is that far away. Before we know it, the trade window will reopen while free agents search for new homes. Are fans supposed to just wait patiently for that time to come before figuring out what will happen? 

Let’s take a look at some of this week’s hottest rumors around the diamond.

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