Each year there is voting, and every year feelings are hurt, explanations are made, heads are scratched, tears are shed and, at the end of the day, the custodians are there to clean up the mess, wipe away the trash and make things clean.
Last year this week, the San Francisco Giants dropped $3 million on Aubrey Huff, a flyer who became more important than anyone not named Buster Posey in the offense they won a title with. This year, more teams wade into the bargain bin.
If and when Adrian Beltre gets to Texas, there isn't a question about where the league's best-fielding third baseman will play. Not so for Michael Young, who again has a bunch of internal options or could push for an external one.
Both the Rangers and the Yankees were stung by the surprising decision of Cliff Lee. And while the Yankees have seemingly retrenched, Texas has maintained an aggressive stance that could well land them Adrian Beltre.