With the brand new yr upon us, MLBTR goes by way of all 30 groups’ remaining wants by division. We’ve already checked in on the NL East, AL West, AL Central, NL Central, and NL West. That leaves the American League East …
Baltimore Orioles [Offseason Outlook]
Outdoors of dealing away Dylan Bundy, it has been a quiet winter for sophomore GM Mike Elias. There simply isn’t a lot urgent roster-building work to be performed for a membership that was badly in want of a full rebuild when Elias took the helm.
Greater than something, the O’s will spend the following few weeks exploring additional commerce potentialities. Reliever Mychal Givens and slugger Trey Mancini are apparent candidates to be dealt. Hanser Alberto and some others might additionally conceivably be of curiosity elsewhere.
Apart from filling in for any additional departures, the O’s nonetheless want so as to add a number of items — each to maintain some commonplace of MLB capabilities and to hunt upside that is perhaps become commerce capital. The departure of Jonathan Villar leaves a gap at shortstop that hasn’t but been crammed. (Final yr’s Rule 5 choose, Richie Martin, must get some dearly missed Triple-A seasoning.) The O’s might simply discover area for a buy-low choice at third base or the nook outfield as properly. Including Kohl Stewart and a pair of Rule 5 hurlers helps the pitching depth image, however there’s nonetheless loads of room so as to add arms onto the roster.
Boston Pink Sox [Offseason Outlook]
Incoming chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom was tasked with getting the Sox beneath the luxurious line however staying aggressive. He has taken a number of steps in direction of that objective by shopping for low on Martin Perez and Jose Peraza. Standing alone, nonetheless, these offers solely add wage to the MLB roster.
It’d be an enormous shock at this level if the Boston group doesn’t swing a major commerce or two over the following a number of weeks. David Worth and Jackie Bradley Jr. appear likeliest to be dealt, although Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi, Eduardo Rodriguez, and others in all probability can’t be dominated out completely.
Again-filling for any departures will likely be a prime precedence. Irrespective of who leaves, Bloom will likely be trying to find worth within the bullpen, eyeing up rotation depth, and exploring bench enhancements. The Sox might nonetheless stand so as to add one other piece to the primary base combine (maybe a left-handed hitter to pair with Michael Chavis) and are hurting for catching depth. Simply how a lot flexibility Bloom must pursue new provides will rely upon how a lot wage he sheds through commerce.
New York Yankees [Offseason Outlook]
The one huge precedence of the offseason was achieved when Gerrit Cole went rooting round his dad and mom’ basement to dig up the signal he dropped at Yankee Stadium as a child. (“Mother! The place’s my signal?!?!”) Retaining Brett Gardner and including Erik Kratz for depth additionally checked packing containers.
Any follow-ups to the Cole signing will certainly really feel like lesser occasions. However they may but make a big effect. The Yanks don’t really want something, however have dabbled with some elite relievers and should have a significant strike up their sleeve. There’s some quantity of roster strain involving younger energy hitters Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier, however they’re belongings the Yanks will certainly put to make use of on the sphere or through commerce. Shifting J.A. Happ would assist with payroll administration.
Tampa Bay Rays [Offseason Outlook]
The Rays haven’t solely exemplified, however pushed baseball’s de-formalization of roles. Scanning their current roster actually drives this truth residence. The workforce is laden with multi-functional gamers and situational potentialities. This is applicable to each pitchers and hitters.
In idea, the Rays might add nearly any participant they like and make it work. Worth is paramount. These issues clarify the workforce’s pursuit of left-handed-hitting middle fielder Shogo Akiyama regardless of the presence of Kevin Kiermaier, to not point out the addition of countrymate Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, who joins a roster with fairly a number of different high quality lefty bats.
With none evident want, per se, the Rays can maybe be anticipated to maintain doing what they do. We’ve see this group hammer out considerably difficult trades involving under-the-radar gamers time and time once more. However we’ve additionally seen focused gambles, akin to final winter’s smart inking of Charlie Morton. With the powerhouse Yankees cresting, the Rays might want to press laborious — and think about going exterior of their consolation zone — so as to add a ending piece or two to this roster. Given the flexibility available, nearly any high-value alternative appears believable.
Toronto Blue Jays [Offseason Outlook]
Public strain can’t be the only real rationalization for the Jays’ massive strike for Hyun-Jin Ryu, however it absolutely performed a job. Now that Ryu, Tanner Roark, and others have been put in in a revamped rotation, the entrance workplace can breathe a bit simpler.
That’s a far sight from declaring this roster a possible winner. But it surely does appear to have a good bit of upside within the type of younger, elite expertise and post-hype bounceback candidates. The position-player unit is suffering from names that populated prime prospect lists. It’s an extremely high-variance combine, which appears typically applicable for this stage of the group’s rebuild.
It’s definitely debatable the Toronto org must seize an open-market choice or two in favor of a few of its preexisting gamers. The nook outfield appears notably vulnerable of enchancment, although the Jays would relatively not absolutely block a number of the guys they’ve picked up in recent times. The opposite fascinating space is the bullpen, which is loaded up with uncertainty … and which incorporates one of many prime commerce candidates in the marketplace. It’d clearly damage the workforce’s 2020 outlook to maneuver Ken Giles, however it’s awfully robust to bypass a return — particularly with what seems to be a positive market state of affairs — for a man who’ll attain free company at season’s finish.