Ah, 'tis the hot stove time of year, when rumors fly and theories become fact, then - poof - disappear into the air.
Yeserday, it was reported by FOXsports.com that Arizona outfielder Justin Upton had a no-trade clause in his contract (true), and that the Seattle Mariners were one of the teams he'd listed in it (not so true).
Today, Reynolds Sports, the agency that works for Upton, let it be known via Twitter that the client's no-trade clause does not include Seattle.
What's it mean? Well, if the Mariners and Diamondbacks can agree on a deal, Upton could be dealt without having to renegotiate his contract. Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said he'll know by the end of the winter meetings next month whether Upton will be dealt or not. And rumors are flying - and you know how accurate rumors are in Novemer! - that Seattle would have to begin a trade offer with Dustin Ackley, and probably include either Justin Smoak or Michael Pineda.
You can assume Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik has spoken to Towers. What Jack Z. will not do is talk to the press about any of this. What gets written and distributed as absolute fact, however, must occasionally amuse him.