During these playoff games, the speculation over next season has already begun. Probably not by the players, certainly not by manager Buck Showalter. But the broadcasters have already begun the chatter. I cringe each time one of them launches into: "He will be a free agent" or "there's already talk about where he'll be playing next year," or "which can afford him next season?" Undoubtedly, Jack and Ethan will soon ask me what they mean. How on earth will I explain to them that, well, baseball players leave their teams to go play in another city for another team because they will be paid more money? How do I get their brains to wrap around the absurdity of $11 million isn't enough and Team X offered $12 million?