Fairly a number of of MLBTR’s high 50 free brokers have already signed, although there are nonetheless a bunch of gamers accessible on the open market. We’ve seen considerably much less motion on the commerce market, which nonetheless options quite a few stars and different helpful targets.
These hyperlinks present plenty of data on the availability aspect. However what about demand? We’ll run by way of every division to establish the biggest-remaining wants of every crew.
Atlanta Braves [Offseason Outlook]
As they did final time round, the Braves sprinted out of the gates to deal with a number of key wants. However the membership’s greatest query getting into the winter — what to do concerning the departure of star third baseman Josh Donaldson — stays unanswered. It’s a very good roster as-is, however the lineup would look an entire lot higher with one other huge bat in the course of it. If Donaldson can’t be retained, the Braves may look to the commerce market at third base or pursue one of many remaining nook outfielders and re-shuffle their inside deck accordingly. The membership appears fairly settled in any other case however may nonetheless discover opportunistic rotation alternatives.
Miami Marlins [Offseason Outlook]
The Fish have spent the winter plugging in one-year veterans and jettisoning undesirable relievers. The concept was to create a combination that may enhance the outcomes a bit within the close to time period whereas serving the group’s long-term plan by concurrently aiding the event of and avoiding undue strain on younger gamers. A lot of that work is already completed, however the crew is reportedly nonetheless wanting so as to add a power-hitting nook outfielder who’d complement (or supplant?) latest minor-league signee Matt Kemp. Perusing the roster, it appears there’s additionally room to select up a veteran pitcher or two to affix the bullpen or maybe the rotation. That’d grow to be a transparent precedence within the occasion of a commerce involving Caleb Smith, Jose Urena, or another pitcher. Presumably, the membership will proceed to discover commerce alternatives involving these and different gamers whereas maintaining a tally of the waiver wire.
New York Mets [Offseason Outlook]
Aided by a renegotiation of the Yoenis Cespedes contract, the Mets have positioned a collection of pricey (a mixed $25MM+) single-season bets on high-variance veteran pitchers. Having picked up two new starting-capable hurlers, a pair of bullpen items, and a part-time middle fielder in Jake Marisnick, the New York org has already ticked the bins it wanted to.
So … why doesn’t it really feel like GM Brodie Van Wagenen is completed? With a forthcoming possession transition underscoring the necessity to win now, the membership’s high baseball exec can’t afford to depart any stones unturned in his sophomore offseason. Putting in a top-flight middle fielder — Starling Marte appears like the perfect guess — could be on the high of the listing, however the membership also can discover blockbuster situations at different positions. It’s doable to think about additional enhancements to the bench and bullpen combine, too. The Mets shall be most eager to make the most of blocked first baseman Dominic Smith as a commerce chip — whether or not to convey again prospects, shed the Jed Lowrie contract, or ship a distinct MLB piece — however youthful huge leaguers J.D. Davis and Steven Matz is also dangled.
Philadelphia Phillies [Offseason Outlook]
The Phils landed two of MLBTR’s high dozen free brokers, they usually did so for lesser commitments than have been essential to safe fairly a number of different high gamers. That’s a pleasant begin, however hardly enough to face out from the opposite three contending groups on this division. Enhancing the bullpen stays an unfulfilled precedence. Whereas the rotation now not stands out as an issue, it’s vulnerable of being bettered. And the position-player combine doesn’t really feel fairly completed. The Phillies may select to make the most of Adam Haseley in middle discipline and Scott Kingery at third base. However the lineup would look higher with a newly put in common for not less than a type of positions, releasing Kingery to perform as a super-sub and decreasing the crew’s reliance upon the still-unproven Haseley. It’s a tricky scene in free company except the membership reimposes itself available in the market for Josh Donaldson. Artistic commerce exploration appears advisable. The Phils additionally nonetheless should work out what to do with Odubel Herrera, who’ll be coming back from a suspension.
Washington Nationals [Offseason Outlook]
Having lastly accomplished a summit try, the Nats face new challenges in a repeat bid. Not not like the Braves and Phillies, the D.C. roster would look significantly better with Josh Donaldson added in on the scorching nook. In the event that they miss on Donaldson, the Nats could possibly be compelled into some troublesome and high-stakes commerce talks. There’s a gap at second base as nicely — particularly if the membership intends to make the most of the lately re-signed Howie Kendrick at first base, which is partially dependent upon its resolution with regard to Ryan Zimmerman — which creates each want and alternative.
Teenager Carter Kieboom could possibly be solid into an enormous function, however the group most likely prefers to see him drive his means up relatively than counting on him out of the gates. It’s doable to think about the addition of a number of veteran infielders from a big remaining pool, with a plan to combine and match and adapt over the course of the season. Any of the crew’s internally developed reserve gamers could possibly be supplanted over the following few months. Ditto the holdover fifth-starter and middle-relief choices. One other rotation piece (if just for camp competitors) and a number of relievers (ideally together with a legit setup choice) additionally stay on the listing of wants for president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo, who’s overseeing an enormous quantity of roster turnover whereas making an attempt to recuperate from a (literal and figurative) championship hangover.