Although winter is almost here and Major League Baseball teams should be taking time off, the offseason is already in full swing. Player options are being accepted or denied, and free agents are entering the market.
Free agency can be a blessing or a curse depending on how successful a team is at reeling in its targets. When teams lose players to free agency, it can be particularly dangerous. Key players can depart and ruin pitching rotations or batting orders.
That is why it is so important for teams to carefully assess their free-agent options. Certain teams have players who they can't afford to lose, while others have room to maneuver.
Whichever camp a team falls into, it needs to aggressively pursue that strategy to put its franchise in the best position for 2013.