Spring training is nearly over and several teams have yet to address major needs before the regular season commences.
Over the last month or so, clubs have had the opportunity to see what holes they have through practice, side sessions and spring training exhibition games. Front offices have been at work, trying to figure out ways to fill those voids, primarily through minor league talent or free agent pickups.
It’s somewhat rare to see big names traded during spring training, but as we’ve seen recently, the New York Yankees are close to filling a hole in their outfield by acquiring Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Other general managers should take note of what Brian Cashman is doing in order to give his team the best chance at starting the season in a positive manner.
There’s still time for teams to figure out what they need to do to find short- and long-term solutions that their organization currently lacks, but not much.
Opening Day is right around the corner.
Here’s what each Major League Baseball teams’ biggest need is as spring training comes to a close.
*All statistics were obtained via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted. All injury information was obtained through Baseball Prospectus. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts.