GM's OFFICE: Waiting out April

In one sense, this is the most excruciating time of the year. 

Worse than the end of the regular season in the earliest days of October, when most of our season-long competitions are over and we know that box scores and highlights will not become meaningful again for another six months.

Worse than early November, when a week or so after the World Series, we come to terms with the reality of a live baseball-less existence for three long months or so. 

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