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Tim Hudson has spent the past nine seasons with the Braves, but he will likely depart in free agency this offseason. Who replaces him?
Atlanta Braves: Fifth starter
The Braves' starting lineup is essentially locked in for next season, with the only real decision being whether or not/how long to re-sign Brian McCann. The bullpen will be solid once again and should get Jonny Venters back, and the rotation features a terrific young core in Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Alex Wood.
The only real area they could look to address is the back end of the rotation, as Paul Maholm and Tim Hudson are both free agents and adding an arm would shore things up.
Miami Marlins: Third base
Pinpointing one area the Marlins need to address may seem like a tall order, but they have a good crop of talented young players in place right now that should only get better as more prospects reach the big leagues.
Third base is one area where they have no clear-cut long-term option, though, with 31-year-old Ed Lucas currently filling the position. Former Cardinals prospect Zack Cox could get a look at third, but if there is one area the team will look to upgrade, it appears it's the hot corner.
New York Mets: Outfield
Part of the reason the recently traded Marlon Byrd, via the Associated Press, was able to enjoy a surprise bounce-back season this year was the fact that the Mets outfield was so thin, he quickly played his way into everyday at-bats, despite being a non-roster invitee.
Prospect Matt den Dekker could get a look in center field next year, and the group of Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Eric Young and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will all be in the running for a roster spot, but it's clearly a weak crop to choose from that could use an impact addition.
Philadelphia Phillies: Starting pitcher
As the Phillies begin to rebuild at least to a point, rotation staple Roy Halladay will likely be on his way out in free agency this year. Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels will be back to anchor the staff, and Jonathan Pettibone, Kyle Kendrick and Ethan Martin will all be in the running for a rotation spot, as could top prospect Jesse Biddle at some point in 2014. That said, adding a veteran arm to fill out the back of the staff makes sense.
Washington Nationals: Starting pitcher
The trio of Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann is among the best in all of baseball, even with all of them falling a bit short of expectations this year. However, free-agent signing Dan Haren likely won't be brought back, and Ross Detwiler has fallen off greatly after a good start to the year.
All the pieces are still there offensively for next year if they can turn things around, but the rotation will need another arm.