The 2012 offseason was remarkably active for many teams across the league. Some ballclubs, such as the Oakland Athletics, decided to punt the next couple seasons and acquire prospects to build towards a golden future, while others, such as the Reds, decided to go “all-in” on the 2012 season and traded away the farm for elite major league pitching, like Mat Latos and Sean Marshall. Other teams, like the Angels and the Tigers, decided to make huge financial investments to supplement an already capable team, in order to make a playoff push in the near future. Still other teams such as the New York Yankees chose a middle ground, trading a blocked prospect in Jesus Montero for the elite Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda, and purchasing the less-hyped starter Hiroki Kuroda.
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