All 30 MLB Teams' Updated Shopping List Entering the 2015 Winter Meetings

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2015

All 30 MLB Teams' Updated Shopping List Entering the 2015 Winter Meetings

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    At the beginning of the offseason, we wrote a piece breaking down all 30 MLB teams' offseason shopping lists as an overview of what to expect out of each franchise this offseason.

    With roughly a month of the offseason behind us and a number of notable moves already made, now seems like a good time to update those shopping lists as the annual winter meetings began Monday in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Ahead you'll see the same shopping list we offered up for each team back on Nov. 2, with certain items crossed out based on what has already been accomplished and a full breakdown of each area of need.

    Also included are a few new shopping list items for some teams, which are noted with a "New Addition" mention.

    So as we get set for an exciting four days at the winter meetings, here's an updated look at all 30 MLB teams' offseason shopping lists.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    SP Zack Greinke
    SP Zack GreinkeJayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP Zack Greinke, C/OF Chris Herrmann

    Updated Shopping List

    No. 1 Starter

    The Diamondbacks pulled off the biggest surprise of the offseason thus far when they swooped in and signed Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206 million deal to give them the staff ace they needed if they hoped to take the next step toward contending.

    He'll now front a rotation that also includes Patrick Corbin, Rubby De La Rosa, Robbie Ray and Chase Anderson, assuming the team doesn't add another starter before the offseason is over, which remains a possibility.

    Closer...Middle Reliever

    It was originally believed that the Diamondbacks would make a run at an elite closer this offseason, allowing them to return Brad Ziegler to the eighth-inning role where he has spent most of his career.

    However, the front office seems to be content keeping the veteran in that role, after he converted 30 of 32 save chances with a 1.85 ERA and 0.956 WHIP last season, and instead they'll turn their attention to overall bullpen depth.

    "With Ziegler doing the job that he has, I am looking to better ourselves more than likely in the front end versus the back end (of the bullpen)," general manager Dave Stewart told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.

Atlanta Braves

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    C A.J. Pierzynski
    C A.J. PierzynskiJason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SS Erick Aybar, SP Bud Norris, RP Jim Johnson, RP Ian Krol, RP Jose Ramirez, IF Gordon Beckham, C A.J. Pierzynski (re-signed)

    Updated Shopping List

    Power Bat

    It remains to be seen exactly who the team would target, but the Braves still have a clear need for a power bat to help provide some protection for Freddie Freeman in the middle of the lineup.

    As things currently stand, some alignment of Adonis Garcia, A.J. Pierzynski and Hector Olivera is expected to hit fourth through sixth in the lineup. Those three hit a combined 21 home runs last season.

    Relief Pitching

    They could certainly still look to add a few more bullpen arms to the mix before the offseason is over, but the Braves have already signed Jim Johnson and acquired Ian Krol and Jose Ramirez in a pair of trades.

    Those three will join the late-inning duo of Arodys Vizcaino and Jason Grilli that is already in place, and hard-throwing Chris Withrow also has a chance to make an impact after missing last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.


    As expected, the Braves opted to bring back veteran A.J. Pierzynski on a one-year, $3 million deal after he hit .300/.339/.430 with 24 doubles, nine home runs and 49 RBI as the team's primary backstop last season.

Baltimore Orioles

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    1B/OF Mark Trumbo
    1B/OF Mark TrumboRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    1B/OF Mark Trumbo, SP/RP Vance Worley, OF L.J. Hoes

    Updated Shopping List

    Starting Pitching

    The Orioles ranked 25th in the league this past season with a 4.53 ERA from their starting rotation. Coupled with the fact that their best starter in Wei-Yin Chen (31 GS, 11-8, 3.34 ERA) is now a free agent, that leaves the team with a clear need to add at least one mid-level starter.

    They did add Vance Worley, but he's likely viewed as more of a long reliever or swingman type.


    Corner Outfielders

    If the season started today, it would be some combination of L.J. Hoes, Henry Urrutia, Nolan Reimold, Dariel Alvarez and Junior Lake flanking Adam Jones at the corner outfield spots.

    Suffice it to say the team needs to add to their current crop of corner outfielders, though Mark Trumbo is an option if the team is able to re-sign Chris Davis or add another first baseman.

    First Baseman

    Speaking of Trumbo, the Orioles did well to add him to the mix as an added source of power and a fallback plan should the team miss out on re-signing Davis.

    At the very least he figures to be the team's primary designated hitter, with prospect Christian Walker also an option to see time at first base. The 2015 season wasn't his best, but Trumbo still managed a .759 OPS with 22 doubles and 22 home runs.

    Setup Reliever

    The deal has yet to be finalized, but all signs point to the Orioles re-signing All-Star setup man Darren O'Day, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

    It's worth noting that Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported the team is likely to add at least one more bullpen arm regardless of what happens with O'Day, with left-hander Tony Sipp named as one potential target.

Boston Red Sox

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    SP David Price
    SP David PriceMaddie Meyer/Getty Images

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP David Price, RP Craig Kimbrel, OF Chris Young

    Updated Shopping List

    No. 1 Starter

    After walking away from last offseason without an ace, the Red Sox wasted little time this winter getting their guy, signing David Price to a seven-year, $217 million deal.

    With the big left-hander filling the No. 1 starter spot, the team will pick from some combination of Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Wade Miley, Joe Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Owens to round out the staff as starting pitching depth could be a legitimate strength.

    Relief Pitchers

    The Red Sox used 18 different pitchers in relief in 2015, and they combined to post a 4.24 ERA that ranked 26th in the majors while converting 40 of 61 save chances.

    The closer role has been filled with the blockbuster deal to acquire Craig Kimbrel, but the team could still stand to add another solid veteran bullpen piece or two to round out the relief corps.

Chicago Cubs

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    SP John Lackey
    SP John LackeyJeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP John Lackey, RP Rex Brothers

    Updated Shopping List

    Starting Pitcher

    It may not be David Price or Zack Greinke, but the Cubs got the solid No. 3 starter they needed when they signed veteran John Lackey to a two-year, $32 million deal.

    That does not necessarily mean they are done targeting starting pitching, though, as the latest rumor has them in talks with the Tampa Bay Rays and their abundance of cost-controlled starting pitching for a package built around Javier Baez, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Center Fielder/Leadoff Hitter

    Replacing Dexter Fowler both in center field and atop the lineup is now the most important item on the Cubs' to-do list, and as far as free agency is concerned, the options are limited.

    A reunion with Fowler is still a possibility, or the team could go the low-cost route with a short-term deal with someone like Austin Jackson or Denard Span. The dark horse here is still Jason Heyward, though, as a run at him is not out of the question after they didn't break the bank on adding a starter.

    Relief Pitchers

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported on Saturday that the Cubs were "actively exploring a trade for one of the top closers" despite a terrific season from incumbent closer Hector Rondon.

    While they don't necessarily need a replacement in the ninth inning, overall bullpen depth is a clear need behind the late-inning duo of Rondon and Pedro Strop.

Chicago White Sox

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    C Alex Avila
    C Alex AvilaRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    C Alex Avila, C Dioner Navarro

    Updated Shopping List

    Third Baseman

    The White Sox got an uninspired .226/.277/.345 line with 13 home runs and 50 RBI from the third base position this past season, and unless they feel like Mike Olt can be the everyday guy, expect them to add someone at the hot corner.

    David Freese and Juan Uribe are the top free-agent options, while the team has also shown interest in trade target Brett Lawrie of the Oakland A's, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

    With the departure of Jeff Samardzija in free agency, the White Sox's top four starters are now all left-handed in Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and John Danks.

    They could look for Erik Johnson or Scott Carroll to serve as the team's No. 5 starter and right-handed option to open the season until top prospect Frankie Montas is ready, but they may also kick the tires on some lower-level starters on the free-agent market.


    With Geovany Soto gone in free agency and Tyler Flowers a somewhat surprising non-tender, the White Sox will employ a completely new catching tandem in 2016.

    Dioner Navarro signed a one-year, $4 million deal shortly after Alex Avila inked a one-year, $2.5 million deal, and those two have a chance to be well worth their combined salaries as an effective veteran platoon.

Cincinnati Reds

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    RP Aroldis Chapman
    RP Aroldis ChapmanRobert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    RP Blake Wood

    Updated Shopping List

    Left Fielder

    The Reds figure to be looking for some sort of low-cost, stopgap option to man left field this winter as they wait for top prospect Jesse Winker to take over the position.

    Winker hit .282/.390/.433 with 24 doubles, 13 home runs and 55 RBI in a full season at Double-A Pensacola, and he could take over at some point in the second half. They could just go with someone like Adam Duvall or Kyle Waldrop until then.

    Leadoff Hitter

    The Reds got a .241/.290/.334 line out of the leadoff spot in the lineup last season, and until Billy Hamilton proves he can get on base at better than the .274 clip he posted in 2015, he's not the answer.

    For now it would likely be Brandon Phillips penciled into the leadoff spot, despite his own mediocre on-base skills, but going after someone like Rajai Davis could cross off each of the first two items on this to-do list.

    Veteran Starting Pitcher

    The current projected rotation for the Reds is Anthony DeSclafani, Raisel Iglesias, Brandon Finnegan, Michael Lorenzen and John Lamb. All five pitchers were rookies this past season and none is currently older than 25.

    That sort of youth bodes well for a rebuilding team like the Reds, but adding a veteran presence to eat some innings and provide some leadership wouldn't be the worst idea.

    Closer (*New Addition*)

    Assuming Aroldis Chapman is traded at some point between now and the start of the regular season, the Reds will need a replacement in the ninth inning. J.J. Hoover and Jumbo Diaz are the top in-house options.

Cleveland Indians

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    IF/OF Abraham Almonte
    IF/OF Abraham AlmonteKen Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    OF Collin Cowgill

    Updated Shopping List

    Right-Handed Power Bat

    Quick: Who was the last right-handed hitter to top 30 home runs in a season for the Cleveland Indians?

    That would be Ellis Burks way back in 2002, when he hit 32 as a 37-year-old.

    It's no secret the Indians' biggest need is a right-handed power bat, as they got just 58 home runs total from the right side of the plate this past season.

    Left-Handed Reliever

    The first domino has fallen on the left-handed reliever market, as Oliver Perez signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Washington Nationals.

    Expect the Indians to jump on one of the remaining options, as Kyle Crockett is currently the top left-handed option the team has and he failed to match his 2014 success when he posted a 4.08 ERA and 1.358 WHIP in 31 appearances this past season.

    Stopgap Center Fielder

    The Indians have one of the better outfield prospects in the game in Bradley Zimmer, who hit .273/.368/.446 with 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 63 RBI and 44 steals between High-A and Double-A last season at the age of 22.

    He should be the team's everyday center fielder in 2017, but it's unclear at this point exactly when he'll get the call this coming season. Abraham Almonte is currently slated to man center field in the meantime, so the team could look for a stopgap upgrade over him.

Colorado Rockies

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    RP John Axford
    RP John AxfordBill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions


    Updated Shopping List

    Starting Pitcher

    What else is new?

    The Rockies ranked dead last in the majors with a 5.29 ERA from their starting pitchers last season, and so far they have yet to make any significant additions to the staff as it remains tough to lure top free-agent arms to Coors Field.

    Jorge De La Rosa and Chad Bettis were both solid in 2015 and there is still potential with Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, but the team will have to do better than Kyle Kendrick as their big offseason acquisition this time around.

    Relief Pitching

    The Rockies have gutted their bullpen after trading Rex Brothers and Tommy Kahnle and releasing closer John Axford, so they have some work to do rebuilding that group this offseason.

    That's not overly surprising after they ranked last in the league in bullpen ERA as well with a 4.70 mark and converted just 36 of 61 save chances.

    Boone Logan, Jairo Diaz and Justin Miller are currently slated to be the late-inning options.

Detroit Tigers

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    SP Jordan Zimmermann
    SP Jordan ZimmermannMark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP Jordan Zimmermann, RP Francisco Rodriguez, OF Cameron Maybin, SP Mike Pelfrey, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Updated Shopping List

    Two Starting Pitchers

    The Tigers moved quickly this offseason to shore up their starting rotation, adding Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey to the incumbent trio of Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris.

    Add in the likes of Buck Farmer, Michael Fulmer, Matt Boyd and Shane Greene as depth, and the Tigers look to be in a very good position as far as their starting pitching is concerned.

    Relief Pitchers

    Francisco Rodriguez has been acquired to assume the closer's role for the Tigers this coming season, and he'll be joined by Bruce Rondon, Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy in the late innings.

    However, the Tigers could still use at least one more proven veteran reliever, as the rest of the relief corps is currently slated to be filled by failed starters Kyle Ryan, Drew VerHagen and Kyle Lobstein.

    Left Fielder

    Anthony Gose and newcomer Cameron Maybin both figure to see time in center field for the Tigers this coming season, and Tyler Collins is also in the mix for at best in left field after holding his own in a 192 at-bat audition last season.

    Some combination of those three players will join J.D. Martinez in the outfield, and at this point the Tigers look to be set in that department.

Houston Astros

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    RP Tony Sipp
    RP Tony SippPeter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions


    Updated Shopping List

    Starting Pitcher

    The Astros don't necessarily need to add a starting pitcher, as the projected staff of Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers, Scott Feldman and Lance McCullers has a chance to be solid.

    They also have plenty of depth with Vincent Velasquez, Asher Wojciechowski, Dan Straily and Brett Oberholtzer on the roster, but don't be surprised if they still look to sign someone to replace the departed Scott Kazmir. A reunion with Kazmir is not out of the question either.

    Left-Handed Reliever

    Tony Sipp enjoyed a terrific season for the Astros in 2015, posting a 1.99 ERA, 1.031 WHIP and 10.3 K/9 over 60 appearances, and along with Antonio Bastardo, he represents the top left-handed reliever on the free-agent market.

    With deadline pickup Oliver Perez also gone, Kevin Chapman is currently the only southpaw reliever on the 40-man roster with big league experience. Re-signing Sipp or replacing him with one of the market's other top options is a must.

    Late-Inning Reliever

    Outside of making sure they shore up the left-handed side of the bullpen, the Astros are also looking to add a more traditional power arm to serve in the closer's role.

    Luke Gregerson held his own in the ninth inning last season with 31 saves in 36 chances, but he's better suited in the eighth-inning role he had filled previously.

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN listed Aroldis Chapman, Jake McGee and Ken Giles as the team's top targets, with Drew Storen as a potential fallback plan.

Kansas City Royals

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    LF Alex Gordon
    LF Alex GordonRobert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    C Tony Cruz

    Updated Shopping List

    Left Fielder

    All signs point to Alex Gordon suiting up elsewhere in 2016, and that means the Royals will need to find a replacement for their All-Star left fielder.

    Someone like Gerardo Parra could be the perfect fit, as he's also a plus defender with two Gold Glove awards to his credit and is coming off the best offensive season of his career. He'll have plenty of suitors, but he won't cost anywhere near what Gordon figures to.

    Right Fielder

    Right field is also an area of need after the team expectedly declined its $12.5 million option on Alex Rios after he hit just .255/.287/.353 over 385 at-bats.

    A platoon of Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson is not out of the question at one of the corner outfield spots, but expect the team to add at least one everyday outfielder to the mix this offseason.

    Starting Pitcher

    Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez, Danny Duffy and Kris Medlen could potentially occupy four spots in the Royals rotation this coming season, but they will need to add at least one starter.

    The team is reportedly close to a two-year deal to bring back veteran Chris Young, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. They may not be finished, though, as they have also been linked to left-hander Scott Kazmir, per Buster Olney of ESPN.

    Relief Pitcher (*New Addition*)

    With Greg Holland released and Ryan Madson signing with the Oakland Athletics, the Royals bullpen could use an impact addition if they hope to remain the dominant unit we've seen in recent years.

    The top target right now appears to Joakim Soria, who spent the first five seasons of his career in Kansas City, where he racked up 160 saves and was a two-time All-Star.

    The two sides were closing in on a three-year deal on Sunday night, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Los Angeles Angels

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    SS Andrelton Simmons
    SS Andrelton SimmonsBrett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SS Andrelton Simmons, C Geovany Soto, IF Cliff Pennington, OF Todd Cunningham

    Updated Shopping List

    Left-Handed Hitter

    As a team, the Angels hit just .236/.289/.356 with 42 home runs and 190 RBI from the left side of the plate in 2015, and the bulk of that production came from right fielder Kole Calhoun.

    There are a number of positions that need to be addressed, most notably third base and left field, and the team will almost certainly target a left-handed bat to fill at least one of those spots.

    Third Baseman

    Despite missing time to injury, David Freese had a solid season once again in 2015, posting a .743 OPS with 27 doubles, 14 home runs and 56 RBI.

    He's the top free-agent option in a weak crop at third base, and the Angels have been "making some progress" toward re-signing the 32-year-old, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    Left Fielder

    The left field position produced a dismal .216/.275/.317 line with nine home runs and 51 RBI this past season, as Matt Joyce, David Murphy, Shane Victorino, Collin Cowgill, Dan Robertson and Efren Navarro all made at least 10 starts there.

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported that the Angels might make a run at slugger Yoenis Cespedes to fill that spot this coming season. An outfield of Cespedes, Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun would be one of the best in baseball, no question.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    2B Chase Utley
    2B Chase UtleyDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP Hisashi Iwakuma, 2B Chase Utley (re-signed)

    Updated Shopping List

    Front-Line Starting Pitcher

    After losing Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and with both David Price and Jordan Zimmermann already off the board, it appears the Dodgers are down to Johnny Cueto if they hope to add a front-line starter on the free-agent market.

    That said, they also have arguably the best farm system in baseball at their disposal, so landing an impact starter on the trade market is a very real possibility as well.

    Other Starting Pitchers

    The Dodgers may not have landed the second ace starter most expected them to yet, but they did pick up a terrific rotation piece in Hisashi Iwakuma.

    The 34-year-old signed a three-year deal on Sunday, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, after going 47-25 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.082 WHIP in four seasons with the Mariners.

    Yovani Gallardo appears to be one potential target as the team continues to look for ways to improve the rotation post-Greinke, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

    Relief Pitchers

    The Dodgers once again had a tough time bridging the gap to All-Star closer Kenley Jansen, as they used a total of 21 different relievers on the year.

    The team appears to be aiming high in their search for more bullpen help, as they have been "making progress" on a deal to acquire Aroldis Chapman, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

    Second Baseman

    The Dodgers reached a one-year deal with veteran second baseman Chase Utley on Sunday, according to Mark Saxon of ESPN.

    Kike Hernandez could also see time at the position, and speedy prospect Jose Peraza figures to make an impact at some point in the near future as well, so the Dodgers might be set at second base.

Miami Marlins

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    1B Justin Bour
    1B Justin BourRobert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions


    Updated Shopping List

    Starting Pitcher

    With Henderson Alvarez officially non-tendered and Jarred Cosart struggling through a poor 2015 season, the Marlins are in search of a solid No. 2 starter to join Jose Fernandez at the top of the rotation.

    Tom Koehler, Justin Nicolino, Adam Conley, Jose Urena and David Phelps give them plenty of rotation options, but no one in that group profiles as a legitimate front-line starter at this point. Flipping outfielder Marcell Ozuna for a starter seems like a very real possibility.

    First Baseman

    Justin Bour was a pleasant surprise as a 27-year-old rookie for the Marlins, posting an .800 OPS with 23 home runs and 73 RBI in 409 at-bats.

    However, he hit just .221/.293/.279 with zero home runs against left-handed pitching, so at the very least, it appears the Marlins will need to find a right-handed hitting platoon partner for him this winter.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    1B Adam Lind
    1B Adam LindBenny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    IF Jonathan Villar, OF Ramon Flores

    Updated Shopping List

    Center Fielder

    Domingo Santana saw the bulk of the time in center field for the Brewers down the stretch, but he was clearly a corner outfielder playing center field, as his defensive metrics (-3 DRS, -26.6 UZR/150) were nothing short of awful.

    With Khris Davis and Ryan Braun entrenched at the corner outfield spots, it's unclear exactly how the rebuilding Brewers will approach this situation. It could very well be Santana who winds up manning the position.

    Third Baseman

    Aramis Ramirez is now officially retired, and as it stands, the Brewers do not have a clear replacement for him at the hot corner.

    Hernan Perez and Elian Herrera split the playing time last season after Ramirez was dealt to the Pirates at the deadline, but neither profile as everyday options. Sliding Jean Segura from shortstop to third base and promoting top prospect Orlando Arcia is one potential in-house option.

    Veteran Starting Pitcher

    It seems unlikely that the Brewers will be able to unload Matt Garza and the $25 million left on his contract over the next two years, so expect him to be the veteran presence in the rotation.

Minnesota Twins

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    DH Byung-ho Park
    DH Byung-ho ParkAssociated Press

    Notable Offseason Additions

    DH Byung-ho Park, C John Ryan Murphy

    Updated Shopping List

    Left-Handed Reliever

    Logan Darnell, Ryan O'Rourke and Mason Melotakis are currently the only in-house options for the Twins as far as a left-handed reliever other than closer Glen Perkins is concerned.

    That should put the Twins in the market for top guys like Antonio Bastardo, Tony Sipp or one of the handful of other veteran left-handers, like Matt Thornton, Jerry Blevins and Joe Beimel.

    Starting Pitcher

    The Twins have not added a starting pitcher of any significance this offseason, and it's looking less and less like starting pitching will be a priority despite a rotation that ranked 16th in the league with a 4.14 ERA.

    Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana are all making significant money, while Kyle Gibson, Tommy Milone and Tyler Duffey were probably the team's three best starters in 2015. Those six will battle it out for five spots, with top prospect Jose Berrios also in the mix and almost certain to join the staff at some point in 2016.

    Veteran Presence

    Torii Hunter provided far more for the Twins in 2015 than just his on-field production, and he will be a tough presence to replace in a young locker room.

    That could make someone like Jonny Gomes a potential target as the Twins look to replace that leader in the clubhouse.

New York Mets

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    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Yoenis CespedesAnthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions


    Updated Shopping List

    Power Bat

    It's easy to forget just how bad the Mets were offensively before they added Yoenis Cespedes and—on a smaller scale—Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson at the trade deadline.

    Now with Cespedes and Daniel Murphy both potentially headed elsewhere, the team risks regressing back to that inept offensive production if they are unable to find suitable replacements for those key bats.

    Simply hoping David Wright stays healthy and Michael Conforto takes a big step forward is not enough for a team with the pitching to win it all.

    Setup Reliever

    Jeurys Familia is one of the game's up-and-coming stars in the bullpen, and Hansel Robles was a pleasant surprise as a rookie, but adding a proven setup man could help solidify the Mets bullpen.

    Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed filled that role during the postseason, and both pitchers endured their fair share of struggles. Reed will be back, and he has the potential to be a dominant late-inning arm, but some reinforcements wouldn't hurt.

    Infield Depth

    The Mets have identified Ben Zobrist as their No. 1 target this offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

    He would presumably take over as the team's everyday second baseman, allowing Dilson Herrera more time to develop in the minors and improving the overall infield depth of the team with Ruben Tejada moving to a utility role.

New York Yankees

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    OF Aaron Hicks
    OF Aaron HicksBruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    OF Aaron Hicks

    Updated Shopping List

    Position-Player Depth

    Outside of the late-season injury to Mark Teixeira and some time missed by Jacoby Ellsbury earlier in the year, the New York Yankees' aging core of position players stayed surprisingly healthy in 2015.

    Counting on that to happen again in 2016 is a risky proposition, and the team would be wise to add some viable depth all over the diamond. Aaron Hicks was a good start, as he's capable of stepping in as a starter at all three outfield spots.

    Right-Handed Reliever

    Since the start of the 2014 season, no one has thrown more innings without starting a game than the 174 tossed by All-Star Dellin Betances.

    Part of that is the Yankees handing him the ball early and often thanks to how dominant he's been, but part of it is the Yankees simply not having another right-handed bullpen arm they trust.

    Joakim Soria and Darren O'Day were both closing in on deals with teams that aren't the Yankees as of this writing, and Ryan Madson is also off the board, so the Yankees may opt to go the low-cost, high-upside route in an effort to find this year's version of what Madson was for the Royals in 2015.

    Starting Pitcher

    The Yankees have reportedly been dangling All-Star closer Andrew Miller as a potential trade to improve the rotation, per Jayson Stark of ESPN, but adding a starter is not necessarily a clear-cut need.

    A rotation of Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Luis Severino, Nathan Eovaldi and CC Sabathia has a chance to be solid, with Ivan Nova, Bryan Mitchell and Adam Warren also in the mix as depth.

Oakland Athletics

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    RP Ryan Madson
    RP Ryan MadsonDan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    RP Ryan Madson, SP Rich Hill, IF Jed Lowrie, 1B Yonder Alonso, RP Liam Hendriks, RP Marc Rzepczynski

    Updated Shopping List

    Relief Pitchers

    Outside of the big move to sign Ryan Madson to a three-year, $22 million deal, the Athletics have also added hard-throwing Liam Hendriks and left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to the bullpen via trade.

    Those three will join a healthy Sean Doolittle, Fernando Rodriguez and Evan Scribner to form what should be a solid relief corps in Oakland this coming season.

    Infield Depth

    With the move to reacquire Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros, the infield now appears to be set with Lowrie at second base, Marcus Semien at shortstop and either Brett Lawrie or Danny Valencia at third base.

    According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the team is expected to trade one of Lawrie or Valencia before the offseason is over, with Lawrie the more likely of the two to be dealt.

    Finding a good return package for a player who was one of the centerpieces of the Josh Donaldson trade will likely be the No. 1 focus of the winter meeting for the A's.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    SP Jeremy Hellickson
    SP Jeremy HellicksonJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP Jeremy Hellickson, RP Dan Otero, RP James Russell, OF Peter Bourjos

    Updated Shopping List

    A Veteran Starting Pitcher or Two to Flip at the Deadline

    The Phillies could still look to add another low-cost veteran to the rotation before the offseason is over, but they found their buy-low arm when they acquired Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    The 28-year-old won AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2011 and enjoyed a solid sophomore season, but he's struggled to duplicate that success over the past three seasons due in part to injury.

    He'll be looking to get things back on track in a contract year, and if he's pitching well come July, expect him to be flipped to a contender.

    Right Fielder

    The acquisition of Peter Bourjos from the St. Louis Cardinals likely means the Phillies are done targeting outfielders this offseason.

    As it stands, it would be Cody Asche in left field, Odubel Herrera in center field and Aaron Altherr in right field, with Bourjos serving as the fourth outfielder. Darnell Sweeney and Darin Ruf could also see time in the outfield, so there's plenty of depth on the projected roster.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    1B Pedro Alvarez
    1B Pedro AlvarezChris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP Allen Webster, RP Jorge Rondon, 1B/OF Jake Goebbert

    Updated Shopping List

    Stopgap First Baseman

    As expected, the Pirates opted to non-tender Pedro Alvarez and his projected $8.1 million salary after he graded out as a replacement-level player this past season with a 0.1 WAR.

    The team still has deadline pickup Michael Morse, but they may look for a left-handed hitting platoon partner this offseason.

    Whatever they do, they won't want to block prospect Josh Bell, who reached Triple-A this past season and is the future at the position.

    Starting Pitcher

    Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke figure to fill the first four spots in the Pirates rotation, and the team could look to fill the No. 5 starter job with their latest reclamation project.

    They already took a flier on former top prospect Allen Webster after he was designated by the Diamondbacks, and they are also said to have interest in a healthy Justin Masterson, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    Setup Reliever

    The Pirates bullpen led all of baseball with a 2.67 ERA in 2015, but three key pieces have departed in free agency in Joakim Soria (29 G, 2.03 ERA), Antonio Bastardo (66 G, 2.98 ERA) and Joe Blanton (21 G, 1.57 ERA).

    Tony Watson and Mark Melancon are still a dynamic one-two punch, and guys like Jared Hughes and Arquimedes Caminero will also be back, but look for the team to add at least one solid bullpen arm to the mix.

San Diego Padres

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    RP Drew Pomeranz
    RP Drew PomeranzCary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    RP Drew Pomeranz, C Josmil Pinto

    Updated Shopping List


    Relying mostly on the light-hitting platoon of Clint Barmes and Alexi Amarista, the San Diego Padres got a .228/.279/.365 line with 14 home runs and 57 RBI from the shortstop position this past season.

    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported last month that the team had shown interest in top free agent Ian Desmond, while they could also target second-tier free agent Asdrubal Cabrera as a cheaper alternative.

    Center Fielder...Left Fielder

    The recent move to trade first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Oakland Athletics for reliever Drew Pomeranz likely means Wil Myers will be taking over as the team's everyday first baseman this coming season.

    That makes left field a more pressing need than center field, as a platoon of Melvin Upton Jr. and Travis Jankowski should be able to hold things down up the middle.

    Top prospect Rymer Liriano is one in-house option, but keep an eye on Alex Dickerson, who hit .307/.374/.503 with 36 doubles, 12 home runs and 71 RBI for Triple-A El Paso last season.

    Starting Pitcher

    The level of need for a starting pitcher depends largely on what the Padres do on the trade market, as Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and James Shields are all available for the right return.

    Robbie Erlin and Colin Rea are currently slated to fill the final two rotation spots behind those three, but if one or more of them wind up traded, the Padres may be forced to add at least one starter.

San Francisco Giants

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    SP Jeff Samardzija
    SP Jeff SamardzijaKelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP Jeff Samardzija, 1B/OF Kyle Blanks

    Updated Shopping List

    Front-Line Starting Pitcher

    The Giants didn't land Zack Greinke, but they moved quickly on their Plan B and inked Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million deal.

    "Even after the Greinke pursuit proved fruitless Friday night, a Giants ownership source said that the group was ecstatic with how GM Bobby Evans had set up negotiations and was proceeding with contingencies," wrote Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

    He'll slot nicely behind Madison Bumgarner in the rotation and should benefit greatly from a move to a larger park and having a better defense behind him.

    Another Starting Pitcher

    Bumgarner, Samardzija, Jake Peavy and Chris Heston will fill four spots in the Giants rotation, but as things currently stand, the team would be relying on Matt Cain as their fifth starter, and that's risky to say the least after he's battled injury the past two seasons.

    Signing another mid-level starter looks like a very real possibility then, and the team is said to still have interest in a reunion with deadline pickup Mike Leake, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

    Left Fielder (*New Addition*)

    After not breaking the bank on Greinke, the Giants could use the money they saved to target an upgrade in left field, where some combination of Gregor Blanco and rookies Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson is currently expected to man the position.

    Baggarly touched on that as well in the aforementioned article:

    It does appear that the stars are aligning for the Giants. They saw their arch-rival sustain a major blow to its rotation with Greinke leaving Los Angeles, and yet Samardzija will cost them $16 million less per season – enough to sign another pitcher like Mike Leake to a multi-year contract, or go after a high-profile left fielder like Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton or roster swingman Ben Zobrist.

Seattle Mariners

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    RP Joaquin Benoit
    RP Joaquin BenoitBrad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP Nate Karns, RP Joaquin Benoit, LF Nori Aoki, C Chris Iannetta, OF Leonys Martin, RP Anthony Bass, RP Justin De Fratus, IF Luis Sardinas, C Steve Clevenger, LF Franklin Gutierrez (re-signed)

    Updated Shopping List

    Re-Sign Hisashi Iwakuma

    Pending a physical, Iwakuma has agreed to a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodges, so the Mariners will have to turn their attention elsewhere if they hope to add an arm to the rotation.

    If not, it would be Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker, Nate Karns, James Paxton and Mike Montgomery making up a rotation with a lot of potential but limited experience beyond King Felix.

    Relief Pitchers

    The Mariners went from the best bullpen in baseball in 2014 (2.59 ERA) to 25th in the league in 2015 (4.15 ERA), and that triggered a complete bullpen overhaul.

    Fernando Rodney was dumped in August, Joe Beimel is a free agent, and both Tom Wilhelmsen and Danny Farquhar were traded this offseason. Replacing them so far is Joaquin Benoit, Anthony Bass and Justin De Fratus, but the team is likely not finished adding bullpen arms.

    In fact, they could still target a closer and opt to use Benoit in the eighth-inning role where he's spent the bulk of his career.

    Left Fielder

    Nelson Cruz will likely be the everyday right fielder, and from there it will be some combination of Seth Smith, Franklin Gutierrez and offseason additions Leonys Martin and Nori Aoki manning the other two outfield positions.

    Those admittedly are not the most exciting options, but they should be able to provide more production than the team got out of the center field and left field positions last season. 

    First Baseman (*New Addition)

    Despite everything the Mariners have already done this offseason, they really haven't added much money to the payroll.

    In fact, after failing to re-sign Hisashi Iwakuma and dumping Mark Trumbo in a trade with the Orioles, they could actually be in position to make a splash signing before the offseason is over.

    The big hole offensively is at first base, where Jesus Montero is currently projected as the starter.

    Could the Mariners make it two years in a row they sign a former Orioles slugger with a megadeal for Chris Davis?

St. Louis Cardinals

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    C Brayan Pena
    C Brayan PenaCharles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    C Brayan Pena

    Updated Shopping List

    Re-Sign Jason Heyward

    The outfield market has developed slowly so far this offseason, but the Cardinals still figure to have their work cut out for them in their efforts to re-sign Jason Heyward.

    Considering the contracts that have already been handed out this winter, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see Heyward land a deal north of $200 million.

    Even with a potential outfield of Matt Holliday, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty capable of taking over in his absence, re-signing Heyward as a franchise cornerstone remains a priority.

    Right-Handed Setup Man

    Jordan Walden was expected to be the primary right-handed setup man for the Cardinals last season, but he made just 12 appearances before landing on the disabled list with a shoulder strain on May 6.

    Kevin Siegrist enjoyed a terrific bounce-back season as the team's left-handed setup man, but the deadline additions of Steve Cishek and Jonathan Broxton showed a clear need for a right-handed complement.

    Starting Pitcher (*New Addition*)

    It didn't appear the Cardinals would be in the market for a starting pitcher at the beginning of the offseason, but news that Lance Lynn would miss the 2016 season following Tommy John surgery has changed things.

    The team "tried hard" for David Price, Jeff Samardzija and John Lackey, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, and is now showing interest in Mike Leake.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    RP Jake McGee
    RP Jake McGeeAdam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    DH Logan Morrison, RP Danny Farquhar, SS Brad Miller, C Hank Conger

    Updated Shopping List


    The Rays got solid production out of Asdrubal Cabrera on a one-year, $7.5 million deal this past season, as he hit .265/.315/.430 with 28 doubles, 15 home runs and 58 RBI.

    That performance coupled with a thin shortstop market has likely put him in position for more money this time around, so the Rays opted to go another direction at the position when they acquired Brad Miller in a trade with the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Nate Karns.


    The catcher position has been a black hole from an offensive production standpoint in Tampa Bay for years now, and it was no different this past season when it produced a .201/.239/.362 line.

    J.P. Arencibia was non-tendered, but Rene Rivera and Curt Casali will both be back, and the team recently acquired Hank Conger in a trade with the Houston Astros. So for better or worse they appear to be set behind the plate.

    First Base (*New Addition*)

    The Rays are reportedly looking to move James Loney and his $9.67 million salary that makes him the second-highest paid player on the team, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Topkin noted in another piece that the team is not a fit for recently non-tendered sluggers Pedro Alvarez or Chris Carter unless they were to make a trade, so moving Loney could conceivably put them in the market for one of those two.

Texas Rangers

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    SP Yovani Gallardo
    SP Yovani GallardoTim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    RP Tom Wilhelmsen, IF/OF Patrick Kivlehan

    Updated Shopping List

    No. 5 Starter

    Even assuming Yu Darvish is ready to go at some point in the first half, the Rangers will likely still look to add at least one starting pitcher this offseason.

    Cole Hamels, Derek Holland and Martin Perez are locked into three rotation spots, while Chi Chi Gonzalez and Nick Martinez provide some capable depth. But considering the rotation is really their only clear area of need, they will almost certainly sign someone.

    Re-signing either Yovani Gallardo or Colby Lewis seems like a fairly reasonable possibility, and the qualifying offer attached to Gallardo could actually put the Rangers in a better position to sign him than anyone else.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    SP J.A. Happ
    SP J.A. HappJeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    SP J.A. Happ, SP/RP Jesse Chavez, C Josh Thole (re-signed)

    Updated Shopping List

    No. 1 Starter

    The Blue Jays always looked like a long shot to re-sign David Price, and now that he's officially joined the Boston Red Sox, there's a good chance they open the season with Marcus Stroman in the role of staff ace.

    The 24-year-old certainly has the stuff to be a No. 1 guy, and if he can stay healthy and take a step forward, the need for an ace won't be nearly as glaring.

    Another Starting Pitcher

    While they didn't sign Price, the Blue Jays did move quickly to re-sign Marco Estrada and to add left-hander J.A. Happ on a three-year, $36 million deal.

    Those two will join Stroman, R.A. Dickey and whoever wins out between Jesse Chavez, Aaron Sanchez and Drew Hutchison for the No. 5 starter job, so the team should have some solid depth as well if a starter goes down with an injury.

    Relief Pitchers

    Depending on what the team decides to do with Aaron Sanchez, the need for a quality setup man could be a glaring one.

    Trading Liam Hendriks in the deal that brought Chavez from Oakland opens up another bullpen spot, and both LaTroy Hawkins and Mark Lowe are also gone, so look for the team to target a handful of relievers before the offseason is over.

Washington Nationals

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    RP Oliver Perez
    RP Oliver PerezPeter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

    Notable Offseason Additions

    RP Oliver Perez

    Updated Shopping List

    Leadoff Hitter

    The Washington Nationals would appear to have a clear replacement for Denard Span in Michael Taylor, but he does not necessarily profile as a leadoff hitter—at least not yet.

    While he showed a good mix of power and speed in the minors and has significant upside, the 24-year-old hit just .229/.282/.358 in 472 at-bats as a rookie, and until he cuts down on his strikeouts (30.9 percent) and takes more walks (6.8 percent), it will be tough to bat him first.

    For now, Anthony Rendon looks like the most likely candidate to hit leadoff. Adding someone like Gerardo Parra to serve as an oft-used fourth outfielder could give the team another option in the top spot.

    Left-Handed Reliever

    Felipe Rivero emerged as a solid second lefty option for the Nats last season, making 49 appearances with a 2.79 ERA and 0.952 WHIP, but the team still needed a replacement for Matt Thornton.

    They found one in veteran Oliver Perez, signing him to a two-year, $7 million deal after he posted a 4.17 ERA and 11.2 K/9 in 70 appearances with the Diamondbacks and Astros last season.

    All standard statistics and WAR totals courtesy of, while defensive metrics like DRS and UZR/150 come via FanGraphs. Projected arbitration salaries come from MLB Trade Rumors.

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