In just about every facet of life, rumors can be downright insidious. They start off as someone innocently passing along a piece of information that they “heard” about, and within the blink of an eye, that rumor has gone viral.
Dictionary.com defines the word rumor as, “a story or statement in general circulation without confirmation or certainty as to facts.”
How often have you heard someone say, “I heard that so-and-so is having a baby!” Usually, the first question out of our mouth is, “Where did you hear that?”
The same certainly holds true in the world of Major League Baseball.
MLBTradeRumors.com has rocketed to the top of the charts simply by aggregating all the rumors spreading through baseball, and from every source imaginable.
The biggest times of the year for rumors occur in the weeks leading up to the MLB trade deadline and in the weeks following the end of the World Series.
This is when players become free agents and teams are looking to improve for the following year.
Since the World Series will conclude this week, the start of November will start the second season, when GMs get to work in setting up their rosters for 2012 and beyond.
And so, just by the nature of these deals, for every potential deal there will most likely be 100 rumors in tow.
We at Bleacher Report will take a look at some of the biggest rumors floating out there and whether those rumors turn out to be fact or fiction.
There are no doubt many more rumors floating out there right now, and we will focus on those that have been discussed most recently.
Let’s take a look…