MLB free agency 2011-2012 begins as the clock strikes midnight on the East Coast and Thursday November 3, 2011 is ushered in. Most likely there will not be a flurry of activity right away but we will begin to get a true understanding of different teams' strategies for improving their rosters through free agency.
As tight lipped as GM's like to be about their interactions, agents like to be equally vocal. General managers don't want their intentions getting out, hindering their negotiating ability and agents want the most teams possible interested in their player to improve their negotiating stance. Because of this dynamic, we the fans get to enjoy an overwhelming amount of rumors for the next three months.
I expect to begin to hear that the Giants are at least on the periphery of most negotiations of major free agents. Whether they are or not is another issue all together.