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OFs Juan Lagares (left) and Eric Young
Atlanta Braves: Veteran starting pitcher
The Braves have a terrific young trio atop their starting rotation in Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran, and they could opt to go with Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood to fill out the rest of the staff. However, with Tim Hudson likely departing, adding a veteran starter to help take some pressure off the young arms looks like a real possibility.
Miami Marlins: Third base
The big-league debut of 31-year-old Ed Lucas for the Marlins this past season was a nice story, and he hit a respectable .256/.311/.336 over 351 at-bats while playing mostly third base. The team could opt to go with him again at third base to open the season and then turn things over to prospect Zack Cox at some point, but this looks like one particular area where the Marlins could make a low-cost veteran signing and receive an upgrade.
New York Mets: Outfield
Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Eric Young and Matt den Dekker are all in-house options that could fill out the Mets outfield, but with Duda potentially moving to first base with Ike Davis on the block and Young being a candidate to play second base, the team will likely sign at least one outfielder. In fact, the Mets could make a play for one of the market's impact bats at the position, as they have money to spend and a clear need to do so.
Philadelphia Phillies: Starting pitcher
The Phillies already made one big signing this offseason, adding Marlon Byrd on a two-year deal to shore up right field. They also re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz, eliminating catcher from their list of needs as well.
That leaves adding another starter as their likely area of focus, as they have a dynamic duo in Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels atop the staff, but nothing but question marks behind them. Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin will be given every chance to prove they belong, but adding a mid-level veteran to the mix seems like a good move.
Washington Nationals: Starting pitcher
A trendy pick to win it all heading into last season, the Nationals stumbled out of the gate and wound up missing the postseason. That said, they still have one of the most complete rosters in all of baseball from top to bottom and won't need to do much tinkering this offseason. Dan Haren is gone after an up-and-down season with the team, and while the Nats could opt to go with Taylor Jordan or Tanner Roark in his rotation spot, chances are they'll look to sign someone via free agency.