The beginning of free-agent signings and the Winter Meetings is like Christmas morning to baseball fans. Of course they want to open that big box with red bow on the top and see what is inside. It would be like telling a kid to wait until later that day because the gift is going to be the same whenver they open it.

The off-season represents hope, hope of finding that last piece of the puzzle that is going to bring a World Championship. If someone is not anxious to see his/her team make improvements at this time of year, I have to wonder.