It's time to look back on the year that was, and be thankful for everything that you have. It's also time to look back and be thankful for all the trades that didn't go down.
Let's be thankful that Tim Lincecum was not traded for Alex Rios
And that Matt Cain really wasn't traded for Prince Fielder, who would be a free agent that the Giants wouldn't want to re-sign
And that Madison Bumgarner wasn't sold off like a free-falling stock back when his arm was more Barry Zito than David Price.
And that Jonathan Sanchez wasn't dumped in one of the countless suggested trades that followed him around like Pig Pen. In lieu of that one, let's just be thankful that Melky Cabrera isn't Delmon Young.
Let's be thankful that Jason Schmidt wasn't traded for Ryan Howard, who still would have ended the 2010 NLCS no matter what team he was on. Not that Ryan Howard wouldn't be an improvement over Aubrey Huff, but because I wouldn't trust the Giants to extend Lincecum and Cain before him.
And finally, I'm thankful that absolutely nothing was traded for Cody Ross, and I'm also thankful for the image in my head of Brian Sabean making the deal at a compound in Lake Tahoe, telling the Marlins that his "offer is this ... nothing. Not even the cost of his airfare, which (he) would appreciate if (Larry Beinfest) would pay for personally."
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. This really is the best holiday of the year.