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 4 weeks ago '07        #2
Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x97 OP
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Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x97 OP
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 4 weeks ago '08        #4
AC_89  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Hope yesterday motivates Steve Cohen to actually make moves and not just sign/trade for 1 or 2 guys

 4 weeks ago '17        #5
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Hos in ATL bussin it wide open right now, we’ll talk about the off-season in like a month brother
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 4 weeks ago '05        #6
klew  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Who the Dodgers signing

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Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x97 OP
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Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x97 OP
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Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x97 OP
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 4 weeks ago '21        #10
Linas Kleiza 
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 klew said
Who the Dodgers signing
Kershaw
Seager
Jansen
Taylor
Pujols
Scherzer
Knebel
Nelson
Kelly option declined

Are all free agents. That's a lot of firepower they have to resign or replace
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 4 weeks ago '21        #11
Linas Kleiza 
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 Bkjj11 said

I forgot that bum was the Astros manager. If anyone needs to cheat to win. It's Dusty Baker
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 4 weeks ago '07        #12
Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x97 OP
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 4 weeks ago '15        #15
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 Bkjj11 said

His bat was so bad I didn't realize he was playing Gold Glove level defense
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 4 weeks ago '05        #16
R0R0 
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 Linas Kleiza said
Kershaw
Seager
Jansen
Taylor
Pujols
Scherzer
Knebel
Nelson
Kelly option declined

Are all free agents. That's a lot of firepower they have to resign or replace
I say Kershaw ct3 scherzer and seager/ Jansen Kelly pujols.knebel gone
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 4 weeks ago '21        #17
Linas Kleiza 
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 R0R0 said
I say Kershaw ct3 scherzer and seager/ Jansen Kelly pujols.knebel gone
That's a good guess to be honest. I would have said Seager too but I just found out Boras is his agent

 4 weeks ago '07        #18
Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x97 OP
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Happy opening day of the MLB offseason, the time of year when general managers and front offices have an opportunity to shine. While much of the attention this winter will be on the collective bargaining negotiations, with constant reminders of a possible lockout or strike, I say try to ignore them. We haven’t had a work stoppage in more than a quarter century, and I don’t think we’re going to have one now.

Instead, focus on what should be one of the most exciting offseasons of player movement. This market will have the best class of free-agent shortstops ever, including Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Javier Báez and Trevor Story; future Hall of Fame pitchers Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander; the 2020 NL MVP and new World Series champion, Freddie Freeman; and this year’s AL Cy Young Award favorite, Robbie Ray.

Rebuilding teams such as the Tigers, Rangers and Mariners will enter free agency with plenty of room to grow their payrolls. Big-market teams are ready to play checkbook baseball. And clubs across the spectrum are ready to trade.

To help set the stage for the offseason, I contacted decision-makers for all 30 front offices to learn the most-pressing needs their teams must address this winter. Here’s how each team views its key roster holes, along with my early thoughts on their offseason priorities.

American League
Baltimore Orioles
Length in pitching, infield upgrades, a left-handed hitter and a catcher

The Orioles are ready to start promoting their top prospects, such as Adley Rutschman, and will try to find another catcher via trade or free agency who can complement him during his rookie season. Their most-pressing need is to bolster the big-league pitching staff to help them win more games as their young team develops. The Orioles also want to upgrade at second base and/or third base, preferably with a left-handed hitter.

Boston Red Sox
A starting pitcher, bullpen, a left-handed bat and a middle infielder

The Red Sox will try to re-sign left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez and left-handed hitter Kyle Schwarber. If they can’t, look for Boston to replace them with similar players. The Red Sox will focus on improving their bullpen, and still have to figure out what they want to do at second base. They also could be a sleeper in the shortstop market, according to my sources. Don’t get me wrong, they love Xander Bogaerts. The thinking is they could sign a shortstop and move him to second base, or perhaps even consider moving Bogaerts there. The Red Sox want to continue to build for the long term but intend to contend again next year. Their eyes are on both the present and the future.

Chicago White Sox
Bullpen, second base and possibly right field

The White Sox will be heavy favorites to repeat as AL Central champs regardless of what they do this offseason, but they’re expected to be aggressive because they know their roster is close to World Series-caliber. They will look to improve at second base by acquiring an elite player such as Marcus Semien, add to their bullpen and maybe find an upgrade for right field. Expect few moves, but impactful ones.

Cleveland Guardians
Offense on the outfield corners and the bullpen

Cleveland’s offseason needs are clear: improve its offense at both outfield corners and, like all 30 teams, try to add as much depth as possible to the bullpen.

Detroit Tigers
A shortstop, a starting pitcher and a catcher

The Tigers’ top priority is to land one of the impact free-agent shortstops. They also need to make a decision on left-hander Matthew Boyd (arbitration-eligible) and know that right-hander Spencer Turnbull will likely miss the 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Tigers have three good, young starters (Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Matt Manning) to build around, but must add to the back of their rotation. The injury to Jake Rogers hurts. Detroit will need to strengthen at catcher, a hard position to fill, as Rogers works back from Tommy John surgery, though Eric Haase is coming off a nice rookie year. (Editor’s note: After this article was published, the Tigers acquired catcher Tucker Barnhart in a trade with the Reds.)

Houston Astros
Re-sign Carlos Correa

The Astros need to try to bring back Correa, one of the faces of the franchise. It’s not going to be easy, but owner Jim Crane says he will make a strong effort to get it done.

Kansas City Royals
Stick with their system, bullpen (lefty reliever), a veteran starter and a bat that can play infield/outfield

Don’t expect the Royals to be that active this offseason. They will continue to follow their blueprint of building and developing from within; they’re doing an excellent job in that regard and should be real contenders by 2023. This offseason, the Royals will try to land a proven left-handed reliever and add more bullpen depth. They also want to add a versatile player who can play both the infield and outfield.

Los Angeles Angels
Starting pitching, relief pitching and shortstop

The Angels’ game plan is clear: They want to add two top-of-the rotation starters and more bullpen talent. A secondary priority is upgrading at shortstop, but they’re expected to allocate most of their available funds to pitching. That makes sense. Fans across baseball would love to see Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon on the postseason stage, but it isn’t going to happen unless the Angels dramatically improve their pitching staff.

Minnesota Twins
A starter, a reliever and the secondary shortstop market

The Twins are hoping to rebound in 2022 after a dismal season in which their starting pitching fell apart. They will prioritize adding a starter and a reliever, but will also be players in the secondary shortstop market.

New York Yankees
Shortstop, catcher, center field and a starting pitcher

Yankees fans, put your seatbelts on because the Bronx bombers are going to do everything they can to land one of the elite shortstops (Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story) in free agency. I’m hearing they also would like to improve at catcher and in center field, and want to add another starting pitcher. Free-agent outfielder Starling Marte would be a great fit at the top of their lineup.

Oakland A’s
Significant payroll cuts

The A’s still don’t have a new stadium, and significant cost-cutting awaits this offseason. Expect them to listen to trade offers for Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Ramón Laureano, Chris Bassitt and Frankie Montas, among others. They are “the team to watch” in the trade market this winter.

Seattle Mariners
Middle-of-the-order bat, a starting pitcher and lineup depth

The Mariners are ready to play some checkbook baseball. Their biggest need is a middle-of-the-order impact bat that can play second base, shortstop or third base. They will target a front-of-the-rotation starter. They also want to improve lineup depth, with emphasis on a left-handed bat for the outfield/designated hitter and/or a multi-positional type who could move around the infield.

Tampa Bay Rays
Veteran starting pitching

The Rays want to add veteran pitchers who can provide leadership, mentoring and valuable innings. They have a lot of young pitchers coming back from injuries, such as Brendan McKay, Colin Poche and Jalen Beeks. Even though the Rays are loaded with young, live arms, they need a veteran presence to help those players continue to develop. Don’t expect Nelson Cruz to return at DH; they’ll fill that spot from within.

Texas Rangers
Shortstop, starting pitchers and outfield bats

The Rangers are ready to spend. Their top target is one of the elite free-agent shortstops, and I think they’ll land one. Expect them to make a hard run at Trevor Story. They also will look to add innings-eaters for the middle and back of the rotation, and will emphasize adding impact bats to their outfield.

Toronto Blue Jays
Starting pitching, lineup balance and bullpen depth

The Blue Jays were this close to getting back to the postseason and will do everything they can to retain their top free agents, Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien. If they don’t succeed, they will search for starting pitching to replace Ray. They also want to improve their bullpen depth and achieve better left/right-handed-hitter balance in their lineup.

National League
Arizona Diamondbacks
Bullpen and defense

The Diamondbacks have a long way to go before they’ll be competitive again, so their biggest need is to improve their farm system and add prospects. For the big-league team, they’ll concentrate on improving the bullpen and overall defense.

Atlanta Braves
Bring back Freddie Freeman

Freeman wants to return and the Braves want him back, but they’re going to have to pay a lot more than the Cardinals paid Paul Goldschmidt (five years, $130 million) and the negotiations won’t be easy. They’ll also focus on getting Ronald Acuña Jr. healthy, figuring out what happens next with Marcell Ozuna (whom MLB is investigating for alleged domestic violence), and trying to re-sign most of the world championship team for another run.

Chicago Cubs
Several starting pitchers

The Cubs’ biggest need is to revamp most of their rotation, and they’ll hope to replicate the Giants’ success in that area last offseason. Also, don’t be surprised if the Cubs make a run at Javier Báez, although it might be difficult to land him.

Cincinnati Reds
Back end of the bullpen and reliever depth

Cincinnati will spend most of the offseason improving its bullpen, from top to bottom. Right-handed relievers Mychal Givens and Michael Lorenzen are set to become free agents. Lefty Justin Wilson holds a 2022 player option; if declined, it converts to a $7.15 million club option ($1.15 million buyout); if exercised, it triggers a 2023 club option at the major-league minimum.

Colorado Rockies
Outfielder, starting pitcher and bullpen

The Rockies will work hard to land an outfield bat, and free agents Michael Conforto, Starling Marte and Nick Castellanos are on their target list. They also will go after a starting pitcher if they can’t re-sign Jon Gray, and will continue to improve their bullpen.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Figure out the rotation and make decisions on their impending free agents

The Dodgers will try to re-sign some of their top free agents such as Corey Seager and Max Scherzer. They’ll try to bring back Clayton Kershaw on a reduced salary. More than anything, they’ll concentrate on the rotation, knowing that they have three starters — Walker Buehler, Julio Urías and Tony Gonsolin — heading into 2022. They will get Dustin May back during the season, and hope that minor-league pitchers Mitch White and Andre Jackson will continue to develop, giving them more depth. The Dodgers love their top three starting pitching prospects: Bobby Miller, Ryan Pepiot and Landon Knack. It will be interesting to see how much of an effort they make to retain Seager and Scherzer. (For more on the Dodgers’ offseason decisions, read my recent article.)

Miami Marlins
Outfielders and bats

The Marlins will do everything they can to improve their offense this offseason, particularly outfield production.

Milwaukee Brewers
Control payroll as the team’s core progresses through arbitration, improve offense

The Brewers learned this postseason that they need more offense if they want to make the World Series in 2022. But acquiring an impact bat presents a real financial challenge because of their growing list of arbitration-eligible players. Milwaukee will continue to to be creative and look to find undervalued bats this offseason, rather than splurging for an impact hitter in free agency.

New York Mets
Front-office hires, starting pitching depth, an outfielder and a right-handed bat

The Mets’ biggest need is to hire a president of baseball operations, a GM and a manager, in that order. In terms of player needs, they plan to focus on starting pitching depth and adding an outfielder (if they can’t bring back Michael Conforto), and a right-handed bat such as Nick Castellanos. Re-signing second baseman Javier Báez remains a possibility.

Philadelphia Phillies
Bullpen and left fielder

The Phillies will make fixing the bullpen a priority, as it was last offseason. They also will be looking for a left fielder.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Improve overall talent from the bottom to the top of the organization

The Pirates are years away from contending, so they will continue to focus on future wins instead of the present. However, they do plan to strengthen and deepen their 40-man roster. It’s clear the Pirates are willing listen to any team that wants to make a trade offer.

St. Louis Cardinals
Pitching

The Cardinals will focus on adding one or two veteran starting pitchers as their top, and perhaps only, offseason priority. However, don’t be surprised if they quietly play in the shortstop market. As much as the Cardinals like Edmundo Sosa and Paul DeJong, can you imagine how good Corey Seager would look in their lineup between Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado? Still, they’ll most likely end up adding pitching.

San Diego Padres
Corner bat

Landing manager Bob Melvin was the coup of the early offseason, and instantly makes the Padres serious contenders in 2022. In terms of player moves, they basically just need to try to get their roster healthy and their top prospects developed. Tommy Pham is a free agent, so expect a corner outfielder to be their top position target.

San Francisco Giants
Starting pitching and making decisions on their top impending free agents

The Giants’ biggest challenge is the same as last offseason: They’ll need to build a rotation via trades and/or free agency, as 80 percent of their rotation will be free agents. Which undervalued starters will they try to land this winter? Expect the Giants to try to re-sign Kevin Gausman and Kris Bryant. They have money to spend and will be one of the most fascinating teams to watch this winter.

Washington Nationals
Starting pitcher, bullpen and an impact bat

The Nationals don’t intend to have a long rebuild. They hope to compete every year. They want to build around Juan Soto, and though it would be difficult, the best move they could make is to sign him long term. After flipping much of their roster at the trade deadline, they are focused on adding a proven starting pitcher, rebuilding their bullpen and bringing in an impact bat for the middle of the lineup.




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 4 weeks ago '05        #19
R0R0 
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 Linas Kleiza said
That's a good guess to be honest. I would have said Seager too but I just found out Boras is his agent
Lo key I know seager. Is gone tho prolly. Yankees his wife and him sold there spot and all the furniture gone to Goodwill
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 4 weeks ago '04        #20
SpunkyXL23  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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How many more strike out/HR hitters will Yanks sign?

 4 weeks ago '16        #21
Southpaw  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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Yankees Signing List

Will update for the fans

 4 weeks ago '10        #22
Billy Hoyle 
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I hope we re sign ct3, kershaw and max. I really don’t care for Seager. Move turner to short and have lux/Taylor at 2nd. Seager glove is suspect and gets injured too much. We’ll be good to go if may can return to what he was, I think that kid is pure filth. Max, Walker, Julio, Kershaw and May

 4 weeks ago '10        #23
kawgre12  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x10
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 Bkjj11 said
Happy opening day of the MLB offseason, the time of year when general managers and front offices have an opportunity to shine. While much of the attention this winter will be on the collective bargaining negotiations, with constant reminders of a possible lockout or strike, I say try to ignore them. We haven’t had a work stoppage in more than a quarter century, and I don’t think we’re going to have one now.

Instead, focus on what should be one of the most exciting offseasons of player movement. This market will have the best class of free-agent shortstops ever, including Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Javier Báez and Trevor Story; future Hall of Fame pitchers Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander; the 2020 NL MVP and new World Series champion, Freddie Freeman; and this year’s AL Cy Young Award favorite, Robbie Ray.

Rebuilding teams such as the Tigers, Rangers and Mariners will enter free agency with plenty of room to grow their payrolls. Big-market teams are ready to play checkbook baseball. And clubs across the spectrum are ready to trade.

To help set the stage for the offseason, I contacted decision-makers for all 30 front offices to learn the most-pressing needs their teams must address this winter. Here’s how each team views its key roster holes, along with my early thoughts on their offseason priorities.

American League
Baltimore Orioles
Length in pitching, infield upgrades, a left-handed hitter and a catcher

The Orioles are ready to start promoting their top prospects, such as Adley Rutschman, and will try to find another catcher via trade or free agency who can complement him during his rookie season. Their most-pressing need is to bolster the big-league pitching staff to help them win more games as their young team develops. The Orioles also want to upgrade at second base and/or third base, preferably with a left-handed hitter.

Boston Red Sox
A starting pitcher, bullpen, a left-handed bat and a middle infielder

The Red Sox will try to re-sign left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez and left-handed hitter Kyle Schwarber. If they can’t, look for Boston to replace them with similar players. The Red Sox will focus on improving their bullpen, and still have to figure out what they want to do at second base. They also could be a sleeper in the shortstop market, according to my sources. Don’t get me wrong, they love Xander Bogaerts. The thinking is they could sign a shortstop and move him to second base, or perhaps even consider moving Bogaerts there. The Red Sox want to continue to build for the long term but intend to contend again next year. Their eyes are on both the present and the future.

Chicago White Sox
Bullpen, second base and possibly right field

The White Sox will be heavy favorites to repeat as AL Central champs regardless of what they do this offseason, but they’re expected to be aggressive because they know their roster is close to World Series-caliber. They will look to improve at second base by acquiring an elite player such as Marcus Semien, add to their bullpen and maybe find an upgrade for right field. Expect few moves, but impactful ones.

Cleveland Guardians
Offense on the outfield corners and the bullpen

Cleveland’s offseason needs are clear: improve its offense at both outfield corners and, like all 30 teams, try to add as much depth as possible to the bullpen.

Detroit Tigers
A shortstop, a starting pitcher and a catcher

The Tigers’ top priority is to land one of the impact free-agent shortstops. They also need to make a decision on left-hander Matthew Boyd (arbitration-eligible) and know that right-hander Spencer Turnbull will likely miss the 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Tigers have three good, young starters (Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Matt Manning) to build around, but must add to the back of their rotation. The injury to Jake Rogers hurts. Detroit will need to strengthen at catcher, a hard position to fill, as Rogers works back from Tommy John surgery, though Eric Haase is coming off a nice rookie year. (Editor’s note: After this article was published, the Tigers acquired catcher Tucker Barnhart in a trade with the Reds.)

Houston Astros
Re-sign Carlos Correa

The Astros need to try to bring back Correa, one of the faces of the franchise. It’s not going to be easy, but owner Jim Crane says he will make a strong effort to get it done.

Kansas City Royals
Stick with their system, bullpen (lefty reliever), a veteran starter and a bat that can play infield/outfield

Don’t expect the Royals to be that active this offseason. They will continue to follow their blueprint of building and developing from within; they’re doing an excellent job in that regard and should be real contenders by 2023. This offseason, the Royals will try to land a proven left-handed reliever and add more bullpen depth. They also want to add a versatile player who can play both the infield and outfield.

Los Angeles Angels
Starting pitching, relief pitching and shortstop

The Angels’ game plan is clear: They want to add two top-of-the rotation starters and more bullpen talent. A secondary priority is upgrading at shortstop, but they’re expected to allocate most of their available funds to pitching. That makes sense. Fans across baseball would love to see Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon on the postseason stage, but it isn’t going to happen unless the Angels dramatically improve their pitching staff.

Minnesota Twins
A starter, a reliever and the secondary shortstop market

The Twins are hoping to rebound in 2022 after a dismal season in which their starting pitching fell apart. They will prioritize adding a starter and a reliever, but will also be players in the secondary shortstop market.

New York Yankees
Shortstop, catcher, center field and a starting pitcher

Yankees fans, put your seatbelts on because the Bronx bombers are going to do everything they can to land one of the elite shortstops (Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story) in free agency. I’m hearing they also would like to improve at catcher and in center field, and want to add another starting pitcher. Free-agent outfielder Starling Marte would be a great fit at the top of their lineup.

Oakland A’s
Significant payroll cuts

The A’s still don’t have a new stadium, and significant cost-cutting awaits this offseason. Expect them to listen to trade offers for Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Ramón Laureano, Chris Bassitt and Frankie Montas, among others. They are “the team to watch” in the trade market this winter.

Seattle Mariners
Middle-of-the-order bat, a starting pitcher and lineup depth

The Mariners are ready to play some checkbook baseball. Their biggest need is a middle-of-the-order impact bat that can play second base, shortstop or third base. They will target a front-of-the-rotation starter. They also want to improve lineup depth, with emphasis on a left-handed bat for the outfield/designated hitter and/or a multi-positional type who could move around the infield.

Tampa Bay Rays
Veteran starting pitching

The Rays want to add veteran pitchers who can provide leadership, mentoring and valuable innings. They have a lot of young pitchers coming back from injuries, such as Brendan McKay, Colin Poche and Jalen Beeks. Even though the Rays are loaded with young, live arms, they need a veteran presence to help those players continue to develop. Don’t expect Nelson Cruz to return at DH; they’ll fill that spot from within.

Texas Rangers
Shortstop, starting pitchers and outfield bats

The Rangers are ready to spend. Their top target is one of the elite free-agent shortstops, and I think they’ll land one. Expect them to make a hard run at Trevor Story. They also will look to add innings-eaters for the middle and back of the rotation, and will emphasize adding impact bats to their outfield.

Toronto Blue Jays
Starting pitching, lineup balance and bullpen depth

The Blue Jays were this close to getting back to the postseason and will do everything they can to retain their top free agents, Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien. If they don’t succeed, they will search for starting pitching to replace Ray. They also want to improve their bullpen depth and achieve better left/right-handed-hitter balance in their lineup.

National League
Arizona Diamondbacks
Bullpen and defense

The Diamondbacks have a long way to go before they’ll be competitive again, so their biggest need is to improve their farm system and add prospects. For the big-league team, they’ll concentrate on improving the bullpen and overall defense.

Atlanta Braves
Bring back Freddie Freeman

Freeman wants to return and the Braves want him back, but they’re going to have to pay a lot more than the Cardinals paid Paul Goldschmidt (five years, $130 million) and the negotiations won’t be easy. They’ll also focus on getting Ronald Acuña Jr. healthy, figuring out what happens next with Marcell Ozuna (whom MLB is investigating for alleged domestic violence), and trying to re-sign most of the world championship team for another run.

Chicago Cubs
Several starting pitchers

The Cubs’ biggest need is to revamp most of their rotation, and they’ll hope to replicate the Giants’ success in that area last offseason. Also, don’t be surprised if the Cubs make a run at Javier Báez, although it might be difficult to land him.

Cincinnati Reds
Back end of the bullpen and reliever depth

Cincinnati will spend most of the offseason improving its bullpen, from top to bottom. Right-handed relievers Mychal Givens and Michael Lorenzen are set to become free agents. Lefty Justin Wilson holds a 2022 player option; if declined, it converts to a $7.15 million club option ($1.15 million buyout); if exercised, it triggers a 2023 club option at the major-league minimum.

Colorado Rockies
Outfielder, starting pitcher and bullpen

The Rockies will work hard to land an outfield bat, and free agents Michael Conforto, Starling Marte and Nick Castellanos are on their target list. They also will go after a starting pitcher if they can’t re-sign Jon Gray, and will continue to improve their bullpen.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Figure out the rotation and make decisions on their impending free agents

The Dodgers will try to re-sign some of their top free agents such as Corey Seager and Max Scherzer. They’ll try to bring back Clayton Kershaw on a reduced salary. More than anything, they’ll concentrate on the rotation, knowing that they have three starters — Walker Buehler, Julio Urías and Tony Gonsolin — heading into 2022. They will get Dustin May back during the season, and hope that minor-league pitchers Mitch White and Andre Jackson will continue to develop, giving them more depth. The Dodgers love their top three starting pitching prospects: Bobby Miller, Ryan Pepiot and Landon Knack. It will be interesting to see how much of an effort they make to retain Seager and Scherzer. (For more on the Dodgers’ offseason decisions, read my recent article.)

Miami Marlins
Outfielders and bats

The Marlins will do everything they can to improve their offense this offseason, particularly outfield production.

Milwaukee Brewers
Control payroll as the team’s core progresses through arbitration, improve offense

The Brewers learned this postseason that they need more offense if they want to make the World Series in 2022. But acquiring an impact bat presents a real financial challenge because of their growing list of arbitration-eligible players. Milwaukee will continue to to be creative and look to find undervalued bats this offseason, rather than splurging for an impact hitter in free agency.

New York Mets
Front-office hires, starting pitching depth, an outfielder and a right-handed bat

The Mets’ biggest need is to hire a president of baseball operations, a GM and a manager, in that order. In terms of player needs, they plan to focus on starting pitching depth and adding an outfielder (if they can’t bring back Michael Conforto), and a right-handed bat such as Nick Castellanos. Re-signing second baseman Javier Báez remains a possibility.

Philadelphia Phillies
Bullpen and left fielder

The Phillies will make fixing the bullpen a priority, as it was last offseason. They also will be looking for a left fielder.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Improve overall talent from the bottom to the top of the organization

The Pirates are years away from contending, so they will continue to focus on future wins instead of the present. However, they do plan to strengthen and deepen their 40-man roster. It’s clear the Pirates are willing listen to any team that wants to make a trade offer.

St. Louis Cardinals
Pitching

The Cardinals will focus on adding one or two veteran starting pitchers as their top, and perhaps only, offseason priority. However, don’t be surprised if they quietly play in the shortstop market. As much as the Cardinals like Edmundo Sosa and Paul DeJong, can you imagine how good Corey Seager would look in their lineup between Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado? Still, they’ll most likely end up adding pitching.

San Diego Padres
Corner bat

Landing manager Bob Melvin was the coup of the early offseason, and instantly makes the Padres serious contenders in 2022. In terms of player moves, they basically just need to try to get their roster healthy and their top prospects developed. Tommy Pham is a free agent, so expect a corner outfielder to be their top position target.

San Francisco Giants
Starting pitching and making decisions on their top impending free agents

The Giants’ biggest challenge is the same as last offseason: They’ll need to build a rotation via trades and/or free agency, as 80 percent of their rotation will be free agents. Which undervalued starters will they try to land this winter? Expect the Giants to try to re-sign Kevin Gausman and Kris Bryant. They have money to spend and will be one of the most fascinating teams to watch this winter.

Washington Nationals
Starting pitcher, bullpen and an impact bat

The Nationals don’t intend to have a long rebuild. They hope to compete every year. They want to build around Juan Soto, and though it would be difficult, the best move they could make is to sign him long term. After flipping much of their roster at the trade deadline, they are focused on adding a proven starting pitcher, rebuilding their bullpen and bringing in an impact bat for the middle of the lineup.


Hicks and gardy will be back, I can't see cash signing another cf
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 4 weeks ago '09        #24
dadon85 
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 Bkjj11 said

Smart move. Reds were going to decline that option and tigers would have to pay more and outbid other teams.

Trade and get him for a 1 year cheap deal.
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 4 weeks ago '07        #25
Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x97 OP
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