As the 2013 MLB free-agent period officially kicks into high gear this week with the general managers meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., many teams will begin filling the holes that ruined their 2012 seasons.
While every team could use good pitching, there are several teams represented at these meetings that will likely focus on upgrading their offense. Whether they were a cellar dweller or contender, several teams saw their seasons submarined by a lack of consistent and timely hitting.
Several interesting options are out on the market this year—players who could pay immediate dividends for their new teams.
The prize of the offensive class is undoubtedly Josh Hamilton. Nobody questions his five-tool ability; the only caveats for potential suitors will be his injury issues and his well-documented off-field issues.
Below Hamilton, there are several other players who could find themselves the object of a bidding war in the coming weeks. Michael Bourn, Adam LaRoche, Mike Napoli, Kevin Youkilis and Nick Swisher are some of the secondary names who could also make a big impact.
Some teams need more help than others. Here are six different organizations that need to add an impact bat (or two) to their lineup this offseason.