MLB Trade Rumors: Predicting All 30 Teams' Biggest Need in the Offseason
Each MLB team has specific needs. And even though the 2011 MLB season is still going strong, that doesn't mean we shouldn't take a sneak peak at what every team will need once the 2011 MLB season is over with.
Whether it be a pitcher, a position specific player or just a power bat, every team has something they either need now, or eventually will.
Let's take a look!
Philadelphia Phillies: Fixing the Leaky Holes
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The Phillies don't need much, but they do have a couple of leaky holes they need to address in the off-season.
The organization needs to first find a solid replacement for Raul Ibanez before his declining play really starts to hurt this team.
But they will also have to figure out whether or not it is worth keeping Joe Blanton around, whether or not Domonic Brown can get things going and whether or not they should grab themselves another quality bullpen arm to bolster up that pen.
A lot of little things, but the little things can grown into bigger issues if not addressed.
New York Mets: Starting Pitching
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This Mets team has been without consistent, dominating pitching for a very long time, and if they go after anything it should be at least one solid pitcher to this otherwise inconsistent rotation.
Atlanta Braves: Outfileder
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The Braves have a lot of little issues to address once the season is complete, but they really need to focus on an outfielder; particularly one that can hit for consistent power.
Without one, they'll never rise above second place in the division, and never truly be a complete post-season built team.
Washington Nationals: Shortstop
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Let's face it: Alex Cora and Ian Desmond just aren't cutting it.
Cora is old and past his prime, and despite Desmond's recent improvement, he hasn't shown consistent play as an offensive threat or a defensman.
The Nationals need consistency up the middle and these two players are not the long-term answer.
Florida Marlins: An Overhaul
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I dunno, take your pick here.
This team needs a total overhaul, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, but a team wide approach wouldn't be that bad of an idea either.
They could start by letting some of their prospects play the remainder of the regular season out, since the starters have been mucking things up all season long.
C'mon coach, let the kids play!
St. Louis Cardinals: A New Skipper?
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I say get rid of the guy—enough is enough!
Look, he has had more than enough time to elevate this team way beyond where they are right now, and where they have been in the past and it hasn't happened yet.
The Cardinals have a solid team, but they could be in need of a new skipper to steer the ship in the right direction next year.
Chicago Cubs: Pitching and Then Some
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This team need so many things: A better rotation, a better bullpen, a better outfield—but where to begin.
I'll say pitching since most teams build upon the mound, and right now this rotation isn't cutting it.
Whether or not the Cubs CAN do anything in the off-season will be another question.
Cincinnati Reds: Secure the Lead-off Spot
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It's really simple: exercise Phillips' option and you wind up keeping him for a fraction of what it could cost to snag another lead-off hitter who is as good as Phillips.
Not only does it make sense, but it doesn't break the bank either.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Outfielder
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The platoon with Matt Diaz and Garrett Jones hasn't really worked out as much as the Pirates had hoped for, and the team could really entertain finding a more solid option in the field for 2012.
This is a team that is flirting with contention and should for a few years, so the addition NOW would be paramount in 2012.
Milwaukee Brewers: Pay the Prince?
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Milwaukee needs to pay the Prince and lock him up for the long-term, or simply let him go.
I vote to keep Fielder considering how valuable to this team he really is, and how difficult it could be to replace him.
Only time will tell.
Houston Astros: Starting Pitching
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At some point in the off-season there should be a contest between the Cubs and Astros to determine who is the most needy of the two clubs, but until some clever bird drums one up out of his curious crawl space, we'll simply talk about just ONE need this Astros club has.
The Astros need a bit of everything, including a new manager, clutch hitting, and even a better pen, but starting with the rotation is always a good idea, and a great way to pump in much needed confidence to a despondent team.
San Francisco Giants: Get the Bench Bolstered
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The Giants have suffered more injuries this year than in recent memory, and the bench hasn't really stepped things up to keep this team in contention.
There's a lot of talent on this team, but what's the sense in having talent if the talent are playing at a mediocre level?
There needs to be a better overall performance from this bench, and perhaps another year will do it.
San Diego Padres: Power
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Trying to find a power bat to effectively hit in San Diego is a very tall order—I know—but the last experiment to the left didn't work, and this team is in dyer need of a some good old fashion power.
They have the pitching and defense, but lack the other crucial element to help rise this team to greatness, something they should think about in 2012.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Bench
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The D-Backs have a lot of really great pieces to a really great puzzle, but it is their bench that could use a significant upgrade in the off-season to really seal the deal.
Collin Cowgill is the only real mentionable player here as the rest of the bench is either aging like moderately priced wine, or simply under-performing to much for anyone's liking.
Los Angeles Dodgers: A New Owner
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I don't think there's any argument here, right?
Colorado Rockies: Make the Tough Decisions
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The Rockies have to own up to the fact that this team is progressively tracking backward, and their mantra of patience is growing thinner by the day.
When a team goes through something like this, it usually means there are tough decisions ahead, and the Rockies can start by getting rid of Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler.
Both players aren't playing to their full potential, have been criticized for not living up to the hype and not having their hearts in it, which spells disaster for any team.
It's not their only need, but it's a good start.
Boston RedSox: Complimentary Starters
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The RedSox will be in need of two possible complimentary starters to compensate for John Lackey's dismal performance and Tim Wakefield's natural decline, if they are to remain competitive beyond this season.
There should be plenty to choose from, so the sense of urgency with this one will be low, with a nice laid-back approach.
New York Yankees: Starting Pitchers
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Burnett is toast and Phil Hughes hasn't impressed this year, and much like the RedSox, the Yankees will be in need for one or two good starters for the 2012 season, despite having a nice crop growing down on the farm.
Baltimore Orioles: Power!
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I put a pic of Fielder here because of the amount of speculation of the O's possibly pursuing him in the off-season which would make sense since the Orioles are in desperate need of a quality power bat.
Imagine Fielder in Camden Yards!!! How sick would that be?
Tampa Bay Rays: MOVE!
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The team was basically placed in Florida thanks to George Steinbrenner so he could watch his Yankees in Florida 20 or so times a year (or so the rumor goes) but that is no longer a reality.
This team needs to find a better, more supportive market for mental value alone.
Also, they could use another starter, and a possible bullpen add :)
Toronto Blue Jays: More !Veterans
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The Jays have an exciting young team that has their arrow pointing way up, but every youthful team needs the governing experience of a veteran collective.
Another veteran add or two would really help out the growth process in Toronto
Sometimes all you really need is a "parental" figure.
Chicago WhiteSox: Adam Dunn to Awaken
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Seriously, dude needs to wake up and realize he can do far better than he has done all year which is also an immediate need.
If the White Sox want to keep him around, he is going to have to show something far more than he already has.
Detroit Tigers: Relief
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The lead protecting pitchers in the bullpen have been pretty good this season, but the Tigers really need to bring in another veteran arm, instead of trotting out their rookie who doesn't look as ready as initially thought.
Yes, this team also need a second baseman, and perhaps a back-end arm for the rotation, but without a solid pen, everything else eventually falls apart.
Minnesota Twins: Get Rid of Liriano
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I'm gonna make it real simple: the guy isn't good anymore, isn't worth the venture and will not return to his one-time 2006 dominance so please, Minnesota, let the guy go and give yourselves a chance for a better arm to fill the role.
I understand the Twins' willingness to give as much of a chance to Liriano to pick things up, but there comes a time when you have to face facts with facts and realize that it isn't going to happen.
Kansas City Royals: Another Quality Starter
The starting rotation as a whole has been serviceable, but not stellar with Bruce Chen leading the way form the majority of the year.
But the Royals need to consider that Luke Hochevar isn't the answer, and realize that Jeff Francis isn't worth a squirt, if they are to get any better in 2012.
Cleveland Indians: Right Handed Power Bat
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A great picture deserves exposure!
The Indians have a lot of great pieces in place, but lack power particularly form the right side of the plate, and with a market that will have much to choose from, the Indians should have little trouble procuring their one big need.
Oakland Athletics: Power
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They have the pitching, they have the bullpen and they even have the speed but they lack a true consistent power bat in Oakland and if they were to acquire one—and stay healthy—this team would be a firm contender all through 2012.
Texas Rangers: Depth
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The Rangers are a really well built team, but boy do they get hurt a lot!
The problem that I see with the Rangers is their depth, and the team should begin thinking about who they could add to bolster the bench.
Los Angeles Angels: Long Reliever
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If the Angels were to score themselves another long-reliever this team would solve a minor crack in the wall that has bigger potential than you might think.
They could also use an upgrade at second possibly, but the long-reliever is more important I think.
What does the Angels Nation have to say?
Seattle Mariners: Get Rid of Figgins
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I understand this would be a costly venture, but man does this guy have to go, Seattle!
OK, so perhaps they can soften the blow with a clever trade package, perhaps they could keep him down in the minors (unlikely) or, I don't know, slap some sense into the guy but they either need to get him going and actually EARN his paycheck, or cut their ties with him altogether.