Hot Stove season heats up early

Thanksgiving week is here, and the Hot Stove season is well ahead of schedule.

We already have seen one top-shelf free agent make up his mind with Brian McCann deciding to take his talents to the Bronx. Before that, Tim Hudson agreed to a two-year deal with the Giants, Josh Johnson came south of the border to the Padres and the Phillies signed Marlon Byrd while bringing back Carlos Ruiz. And that does not even include the blockbuster trade that sent Prince Fielder from Detroit to Texas along with the deal that sent David Freese to the Angels.