Last week, Bleacher Report’s Seth Gruen wrote that a lack of big free agents will make this year’s hot-stove league feel like the trade deadline. After what we’ve seen and heard over the past week, we can say that’s a fact.

Other than some relatively mild free-agent innuendo—things along the lines of “Team X has interest in this veteran outfielder…and four others”—most of the rumor-mill chatter has revolved around potential trade scenarios that beg more questions than they provide answers.

How willing will teams be to meet the price an All-Star has put on waiving his no-trade clause? Is one team ready to make the jump from rebuilding to redemption? Would a non-contender trade away its best player?

We’ll hit on all that and more in this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction.

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