For the second straight winter, the free-agent market has moved slower than Henry Blanco. And it's getting more and more obvious that Dec. 7 is turning into as important a date on the baseball calendar as opening day.
That's the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their own free agents. But more realistically, it's also the date when other clubs find out if they have to give up a draft pick as compensation for signing those free agents.
And gee, it sure is funny how, for 25 ...
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