Black Friday MLB.com Shop sale: Save up to 30 percent

It's the critical time on the calendar when GM's baseball shopping adventures overlap with your own. It's Black Friday, and while clubs follow a methodical process to find their Hot Stove prizes, you can find a much more instant gratification right now at the MLB.com Shop, where you can save 30 percent on any order above $99, 25 percent on any order between $50 and $99.99 and 20 percent off with no minimum.

Lester might find pitcher-friendly NL enticing

Free agency isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition, of course. Players are motivated by different factors. But the deck is stacked against an AL team competing with NL teams for pitching talent. That's worth keeping in mind as the Red Sox work to get Jon Lester to return to Boston only five months after they made him pack his bags for Oakland.