This is the part of the off-season that I hate the most.  At the end of November we've got the new additions to the 40-man roster.  In December there's the always busy winter meetings, and the bulk of the free agent activity.  Then January rolls around and we get the final moves, and at this point the majority of the moves being made will be low key.

The worst part of this time of year is that we're close enough to the season that we start analyzing the 2011 rosters, but far enough away from the season that we are pretty much debating the same things over and over.  And it gets tiring, especially with all of the news that comes out daily about the players.  This time of the year is filled with talk of players getting in shape, players working on bouncing back, and players working on imp...

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