Late July for baseball is kind of like high school.
Nothing but rumors.
However, these rumors aren't who is dating who this week and how that impacts the homecoming queen race. They are rumors that shape franchises and help teams make pushes for the playoffs, pennant races and the World Series.
One of the teams that have been among those rumors are the Pirates, and a lot of the players in those rumors are in Double-A.
Three Curve players were on display just hours before the MLB trade deadline while the Curve fell to Binghamton, 3-2, snapping a five game winning streak before 4,576 at PNG Field on Tuesday.
Alex Dickerson, Nick Kingham and Gregory Polanco all played while rumors circulated of possibly moving one of them for a player to help the big league club. Another player who has popped up is Jameson Taillon. He will toe the rubber for the Curve tonight at 7 - unless of course he gets traded before the 4 p.m. deadline.
Tonight: Binghamton at Altoona, 7 p.m.
Pitcher: Curve RHP Jameson Taillon (4-7, 3.76) vs. B-Mets LHP Darin Gorski (3-1, 2.48)
But for Kingham and Dickerson, that's just what they are - rumors.
"It's like unbelievable how the rumor can get started these days," Dickerson said. "You see with media being 24/7, SportsCenter being on all day. It could be a guy unrelated to baseball and say something."
Dickerson said his friends have texted him telling him his name is popping up.
Kingham, who got the loss on Tuesday in five innings, said he has heard them but it's something he has to leave off the field.
"I have no control," Kingham said. "What I do have control on is what I do on the mound. It's pretty much what I go out and worry about."
These potential deals are something that - at least for minor leaguers - is out of their control.
"You are so powerless as a players as far as office moves that for me it's not even something of a big deal," Dickerson said. "Sure, you hear them but you literally can't do anything about it. You just have to go and play every day. They [the front office] do what they do."
Rumors are something Curve manager Carlos Garcia is no stranger to as well. While he was only traded once in the offseason, he said he was apart of the rumblings during this time in July as a player for the Pirates.
"I knew wherever I was going, I was going to a better situation," Garcia said. "We were out of the race, and whoever was pursuing me at that particular moment was in the race. They felt I was one of the pieces they need to continue in the pennant."
Garcia said during this time in the season, players decreasing in production is something he looks for, and it's something he likes talk to his players about if that's the case.
He wants his players to stay focus on the field and no worry about off the field because it's nothing they can control.
As of midnight on Tuesday the Pirates made no moves meaning production at the rumor mill is almost done, something Dickerson is happy about.
"It's over tomorrow," Dickerson said.
Key player: B-Mets LHP Mark Cohoon got the win, striking out four.
Key play: B-Mets SS Wilfredo Tovar tripled that drove in a run, and Tovar then scored the winning running after.
Key stat: The loss snapped a five game winning streak.
How they scored
Top 1st: Muno singled, scored on passed ball (1-0).
Top 6th: Ceciliani singled, scored on Tovar triple (2-0); Tovar tripled, scored on Forsythe double (3-0).
Bottom 6th: Dickerson singled, scored on Howard double (3-1); Rojas singled, scored on Paulino ground out (3-2).