With the Winter Meetings in full swing, the Hot Stove has finally begun to heat up. General managers are busy making and receiving offers of all sorts, checking in on the latest rumors, and maybe asking their owners for just a little more money to pull in one of those prized free agent additions.
We now have a much clearer picture of the actual "contenders" for this year's offseason battle. There are a handful of teams that will more than likely jump into the fray, and a few that already have. Some come as a bit of a surprise, while some come as expected.
Lets go a little more in-depth on each of these teams and which areas they will be looking to upgrade in the coming weeks.
*Note: While I originally included the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in this ranking, both clubs have since made a plethora of moves to some big time free agents (Heath Bell, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, C.J. Wilson, and Albert Pujols), so I will be focusing on the teams that are still likely to be active, not the ones who were active and are likely done now.