Trading a player in his prime, the blockbuster trade, is one of the most exciting moments of an offseason for fans of the team.
These days it often begins with a Tweet or blog reference from one of the team's beat writers with speculation or a "credible source" speculating that talks have begun.
Then there is the analysis and debate surrounding the trade around the Internet and blogosphere (and here on Bleacher Report, of course) as the two teams involve hammer out the details.
Once the deal has been completed, the debates about who won the deal begin. Was the price too high? What immediate impact will the deal have on playoff chances? How long until the prospects involved will help their new team (assuming prospects were dealt in exchange for the star)?
The excitement for spring training and seeing the player in his new uniform, for your team.
Of course, as I stated, it all starts with speculation, and we're still a few weeks away from that becoming a reality.
It's never too early to start speculating which star players may be the subject of such debate, anticipation and excitement this winter, though.
So let the speculating begin...