Trade rumors Twitter out of control

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Today we have a great example of the perils of a swirling rumor mill as we count down to Friday’s trade deadline.

A report on Tuesday from a reliable source, WEEI in Boston, reported on its Twitter account that the Red Sox had acquired Indians ace Cliff Lee. The only problem? It was a fake Twitter account, and the report was a hoax.

The story was spread before Rob Bradford, the WEEI reporter who supposedly broke the story, wrote on his actual Twitter account that “I have not reported anything. Somebody is hacking into my account.”

It turned out that it wasn’t that his account was hacked, but that someone created a realistic counterfeit page complete with WEEI logos and everything.

There are a lot of good sources of information out there, with one of the fastest and best being Rotoworld. We do our best to be both quick and accurate here, and both myself and Aaron dabble in the now-is-too-late world of Twitter.

But today’s incident is a reminder to us all to slow down just a bit.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.