All 30 MLB Teams' Updated To-Do List Heading into 2017

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2016

All 30 MLB Teams' Updated To-Do List Heading into 2017

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    As always, it's been a busy offseason around Major League Baseball, with teams already crossing off a number of items on their winter shopping lists.

    Earlier this offseason, a piece entitled "All 30 MLB Teams' Blueprint to an 'A' Grade in the 2016-17 Offseason" was written by yours truly as a to-do list of sorts for each team to follow.

    As we get set to flip the calendar over to 2017, now seems like the perfect time to look back on that piece and provide an updated look at what each club has accomplished and still needs to accomplish before the start of spring training.

    Ahead you'll see the same to-do list we offered up for each team back on Nov. 10, with certain items crossed out based on what additions have already been made and a full breakdown of each item.

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

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    RP Fernando Rodney
    RP Fernando RodneyJoe Sargent/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a closer

    Fernando Rodney was signed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal that includes up to $4 million worth of incentives to serve as the team's closer, according to Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports.

    The 39-year-old has 261 career saves and was an All-Star last season, though he was considerably less effective following a midseason trade to the Miami Marlins, so this was a cost-conscious roll of the dice in a sky-high market for relief arms.

    Add multiple relievers

    With Brad Ziegler, Daniel Hudson and Tyler Clippard all gone from last year's bullpen, the Diamondbacks could still use a few more proven arms to join Rodney, Randall Delgado and Jake Barrett.

    Rule 5 pick Tyler Jones should have a good chance of winning a roster spot, and Arizona Fall League standout Jared Miller will get a long look as well, but expect at least a couple non-roster invitees to be added to the mix.

    Extend Jean Segura

    Segura was shipped to the Seattle Mariners in the first major trade of the offseason, with the D-Backs picking up right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte in return.

    Add a catcher (*New Addition*)

    The somewhat surprising decision to non-tender Welington Castillo leaves the catcher position as a question mark.

    Veteran Jeff Mathis was signed to fill the backup role and the versatile Chris Herrmann could see more time behind the plate after bouncing around last year.

    Still, there are a number of viable veteran backstops on the free-agent market, including Kurt Suzuki, Nick Hundley and Jarrod Saltalamacchia so they could still look to bring someone in.

Atlanta Braves

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    SP Bartolo Colon
    SP Bartolo ColonRich Schultz/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add multiple starting pitchers

    Bartolo Colon (one-year, $12.5 million) and R.A. Dickey (one-year, $7.5 million plus $8 million option for 2018) were both signed to short-term deals to take some pressure off the young staff and help in their development going forward.

    Bounce-back candidate Jaime Garcia was also acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals with one year and $12 million left on his contract, with the hope that he can emerge as an attractive trade chip come July.

    Add a catcher

    It's looking more and more like the Braves will be content with some combination of Tyler Flowers, Anthony Recker and Tuffy Gosewisch manning the catcher position this coming season.

    That said, Georgia Tech alum Matt Wieters remains on the team's "target list" this offseason, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.

    Add a right-handed bench bat

    The Braves found their righty bench bat when they signed the versatile Sean Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million deal on the heels of a career year offensively.

    The 31-year-old posted an .859 OPS with 16 doubles, 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 342 plate appearances while playing everywhere in the field other than catcher and pitcher.

Baltimore Orioles

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    C Welington Castillo
    C Welington CastilloMitchell Layton/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a corner outfielder

    While a reunion is still a possibility, the Orioles pulled their four-year offer to slugger Mark Trumbo, according to Roch Kubatko of

    Michael Saunders is another free agent the team has been linked to, per Kubatko, and one way or another they will need to find some sort of upgrade with Joey Rickard (282 PA, .696 OPS) currently penciled in as the starting right fielder.

    Add a starting pitcher

    The O's starting rotation ranked 24th in the majors with a 4.72 ERA last season and was universally identified as the team's biggest weakness.

    Despite that mediocrity, the front office appears content to head into 2017 with the same stable of arms.

    "Our starting pitching is all right going into the season. They've all won more than they've lost over the course of their career. We have six starters going in, which is something we haven't had," general manager Dan Duquette told Brittany Ghiroli of at the start of the offseason.

    Add a catcher

    A replacement for longtime backstop Matt Wieters was found in the form of recently non-tendered Welington Castillo, who signed a one-year, $6 million deal that includes a $7 million option for 2018.

    That will give top prospect Chance Sisco further time to develop in the minors, with Caleb Joseph once again serving as the backup.

    Add speed

    The Orioles stole just 19 bases as a team last season and they've done little to add more of a speed element so far this offseason.

    Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavarez is the one notable exception, as he had 13 triples and 18 stolen bases at the Double-A level last season.

    Shop Zach Britton

    So far this offseason there's been no indication that the Orioles would even entertain the idea of selling high on closer Zach Britton after his brilliant 2016 season.

    He's projected to earn $11.4 million in arbitration and is controlled through the 2018 season.

Boston Red Sox

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    RP Tyler Thornburg
    RP Tyler ThornburgStacy Revere/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a power bat to replace David Ortiz

    While the Red Sox didn't directly replace David Ortiz, the addition of first baseman Mitch Moreland plugs that hole on the roster.

    Moreland will take over as the primary first baseman and Hanley Ramirez will move into the DH spot.

    He's not on the same level as Big Papi, but Moreland has reached the 20-homer and 60-RBI marks in three of the past four seasons and he should be a marked improvement over Ramirez defensively.

    Add a setup reliever

    The departures of Brad Ziegler, Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa left the Red Sox in need of at least one quality setup man and they found one in Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tyler Thornburg.

    The 28-year-old is controllable through the 2019 season and fresh off a brilliant campaign where he posted a 2.15 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 12.1 K/9 with 13 saves and 20 holds in 67 appearances.

    He didn't come cheap, with third baseman Travis Shaw and prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington heading to Milwaukee in the deal.

    Explore the third base market

    With Shaw and top prospect Yoan Moncada both traded, it appears the Red Sox are putting their eggs in the Pablo Sandoval basket as far as the third base position is concerned.

    That said, utility man Brock Holt is capable of stepping into a starting role there if Sandoval struggles again or hits the disabled list, and the team is also showing interest in free agent Trevor Plouffe, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

    Plouffe could platoon at both corner infield spots and would provide valuable insurance.

Chicago Cubs

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    RP Wade Davis
    RP Wade DavisEd Zurga/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a late-inning reliever

    The biggest move of the offseason so far for the defending champs was acquiring All-Star closer Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Jorge Soler.

    Davis is in the final year of his contract and dealt with some forearm issues last season, but he's more than capable of being one of the league's best relievers if he's healthy.

    Add a left-handed reliever

    The Cubs have an in-house option to take over as the primary lefty reliever in Rob Zastryzny (8 G, 1.12 ERA, 9.6 K/9) and they've also added a pair of outside arms in veteran Brian Duensing and Rule 5 pick Caleb Smith.

    Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins are still available on the free-agent market if the team wants to bring in more of a sure thing, but there are options if they stand pat.

    Add a swingman or starting pitching depth (*New Addition*)

    With Jason Hammel departing in free agency and Mike Montgomery moving to the starting rotation, the Cubs are currently lacking a swingman/spot-starter type.

    Adam Warren, Trevor Cahill and Travis Wood all began last season in the bullpen while providing the ability to start if needed.

    As it stands there's no clear-cut "next man up" if a starter were to go down with injury, so look for them to bring aboard some cheap veteran depth to fill out the Triple-A rotation and provide insurance.

    Explore a Jake Arrieta extension

    According to Jesse Rogers of, agent Scott Boras expects to open extension talks regarding Jake Arrieta when the two sides exchange arbitration figures in January.

Chicago White Sox

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    3B Todd Frazier
    3B Todd FrazierOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Decide what direction the franchise is going and act aggressively on that decision

    This item was crossed off and then some during the winter meetings when the White Sox shipped out ace Chris Sale and right fielder Adam Eaton for a bevy of high-end prospect talent headlined by Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito.

    It's clear now that rebuilding efforts are underway for the South Siders.

    Trade David Robertson (*New Addition*)

    The most obvious remaining trade chip on the roster is closer David Robertson.

    There's been no shortage of interest on the trade market and the White Sox have little use for a veteran reliever set to earn $25 million over the next two seasons.

    If they can save even half of that remaining money, moving him makes sense with Nate Jones waiting in the wings to take over ninth-inning duties.

    Evaluate who else has positive trade value and explore the trade market (*New Addition*)

    Starter Jose Quintana and Robertson are the two most talked about names on the trade market now that Sale and Eaton have been dealt.

    Now the team needs to decide who else could be worth shopping.

    First baseman Jose Abreu, third baseman Todd Frazier, infielder Brett Lawrie, outfielder Melky Cabrera and starter James Shields immediately jump to mind.

Cincinnati Reds

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    SS Zack Cozart
    SS Zack CozartJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Trade Zack Cozart

    The Cincinnati Reds have yet to find a taker for shortstop Zack Cozart, who is entering his final season of arbitration and does not appear to figure into the team's long-term plans.

    With Jose Peraza set to step into a more prominent role, Cozart could find himself on the bench if he's not traded this winter. Flipping him for any sort of return at this point would seem to be in the team's best interest.

    Add a cheap veteran starter

    Anthony DeSclafani, Dan Straily, Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan appear to be locked into the first four spots in the starting rotation, with a host of young arms set to compete for the No. 5 starter job.

    Robert Stephenson, Cody Reed, Tim Adleman, Tyrell Jenkins and prospects Amir Garrett and Rookie Davis will all get a look this spring, but adding a cheap veteran to that mix makes sense if only to eat some innings and allow that group to start the season in the minors.

    Fill out the bullpen

    Tony Cingrani, Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias give the Reds an exciting young trio at the back of the bullpen, but there's still plenty of room for improvement filling out the relief corps around them.

    Jumbo Diaz and Blake Wood are the only other relievers on the roster who saw significant time at the MLB level last season, and we're talking about a team that ranked 29th in the majors with a 5.09 bullpen ERA.

Cleveland Indians

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    1B Edwin Encarnacion
    1B Edwin EncarnacionElsa/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Re-sign Mike Napoli

    There was some mutual interest in a reunion with Mike Napoli at the start of the offseason and through the winter meetings, before the Cleveland Indians set their sights a bit higher.

    They wound up addressing the need for a right-handed power bat by signing Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal that includes a fourth-year option at $20 million with a $5 million buyout.

    While Napoli was a fantastic clubhouse presence and wildly productive on a one-year, $7 million deal, there's little question EE is a significant upgrade to the lineup.

    Add an outfielder

    The Indians' need for an outfielder is directly linked to the health of Michael Brantley, so they may wait until spring training to make an addition here if the need arises.

    Ideally, the team would line up with Brantley in left field, Tyler Naquin in center field and a platoon of Brandon Guyer and Lonnie Chisenhall in right field.

    Abraham Almonte would serve as further depth, and top prospect Bradley Zimmer could be knocking on the door by June.

Colorado Rockies

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    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add multiple relievers

    The Colorado Rockies have made one notable addition to the bullpen, signing left-hander Mike Dunn to a three-year, $19 million deal.

    That said, this is a team that ranked last in the majors with a 5.13 bullpen ERA last season while converting just 37 of 65 save chances, so another quality relief arm or two certainly wouldn't hurt.

    Add a first baseman

    It wasn't the addition anyone expected, but the Rockies appear to have found their first baseman in Ian Desmond, who was signed to a massive five-year, $70 million deal during the winter meetings.

    Keith Law of called the signing "baffling," and he was not alone in panning the surprising move to spend on a redundant hitter when the perennial need on the roster is more pitching.

    While the signing may yet facilitate a trade of someone like Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez, for the time being, Desmond is penciled in as the starting first baseman.

    Explore the catcher market

    The Rockies appear content with a platoon of Tom Murphy and Tony Wolters holding down the catcher position this coming season, following the departure of veteran Nick Hundley.

    "Talking to our guys, they are high on Murphy and Wolters," new manager Bud Black told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. "High on their makeup, their aptitude, their work ethic, what they believe in, what they need to do to help our pitchers."

Detroit Tigers

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    RF J.D. Martinez
    RF J.D. MartinezLeon Halip/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Trade J.D. Martinez

    According to Jerry Crasnick of, it's "been a challenge" for the Detroit Tigers trying to find a trade partner as they shop outfielder J.D. Martinez.

    The team is seeking "young, controllable talent" and may have a hard time finding it in exchange for an outfielder entering his final season of team control and coming off an injury-shortened season where he played just 120 games.

    Explore other trade options

    Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler were always unlikely to be dealt this winter.

    However, someone like lefty reliever Justin Wilson could bring a nice return after generating significant interest during the winter meetings, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

    With one of the worst farm systems in baseball and a team that looks like a fringe contender at best, the Tigers need to be actively looking for ways to add young talent.

    Add a cheap center fielder

    Tyler Collins, JaCoby Jones, Anthony Gose and non-roster invitee Alex Presley are currently the leading in-house candidates to man the center field position this coming season.

    Look for them to add a veteran like Austin Jackson, Michael Bourn or Coco Crisp on a cheap, one-year deal to at least compete for the job.

    Add a catcher

    Alex Avila returned to the Tigers on a one-year, $2 million deal to serve in either a backup or platoon capacity with James McCann.

    The 29-year-old spent last season with the Chicago White Sox after his first seven seasons in the league were played in a Tigers uniform.

Houston Astros

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    DH Carlos Beltran
    DH Carlos BeltranBob Levey/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a center fielder

    It looks like George Springer will slide over to center field after the team signed right fielder Josh Reddick to a four-year, $52 million deal.

    Springer played center field in college and during his time in the minors, so it should be a relatively smooth transition and one that could improve the outfield defense as a whole.

    Add a power bat

    Carlos Beltran (29 HR, 93 RBI) and Brian McCann (20 HR, 58 RBI) were both added to the lineup, as well as the aforementioned Reddick who has a 30-homer season to his credit.

    So while they may not have added a premier basher like Edwin Encarnacion, there is undoubtedly more power in the lineup top to bottom than there was a year ago.

    Add a catcher

    McCann is entering his age-33 season and his skills have declined across the board from the All-Star level he was at during his time with the Atlanta Braves.

    However, he's still a good bet for 20-plus home runs, does a nice job handling the staff and grades out as an above-average pitch-framer, according to Stat Corner.

    Evan Gattis will also continue to see a couple starts per week behind the dish.

    Add a left-handed reliever

    After signing a three-year, $18 million extension last offseason, left-hander Tony Sipp saw his ERA climb from 1.99 in 2015 to 4.95 in 2016.

    At the very least that leaves the team in need of a second viable southpaw option in the bullpen.

    Ashur Tolliver is the only other lefty reliever on the 40-man roster and C.J. Riefenhauser will be in camp as a non-roster invitee, but another proven arm would be nice.

    Explore the front-line starter trade market

    With Dallas Keuchel taking a step back and Lance McCullers struggling to stay healthy, the missing piece of the puzzle right now for the Astros appears to be a front-line starter.

    Brian McTaggart of took inventory of the team's potential targets following the winter meetings:

    The Astros are trying to land a starting pitcher, but aren't willing to trade [Alex] Bregman. That has made things rather difficult. Among some of their targets are Jose QuintanaJake OdorizziChris ArcherDanny Duffy and Yordano Ventura. The team has the prospects to get a deal done and is likely to make a move at some point.

    The White Sox's asking price of Francis Martes, Joe Musgrove and Kyle Tucker for Quintana was rebuffed earlier this offseason, per baseball reporter Peter Gammons.

Kansas City Royals

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    DH Jorge Soler
    DH Jorge SolerThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Trade Wade Davis

    Despite some arm issues last season, the Kansas City Royals had no trouble finding a taker for closer Wade Davis, flipping him to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler.

    Davis had a $10 million option exercised at the start of the offseason and is set to hit free agency next winter.

    Add a starting pitcher

    Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy look like the only sure things in the Royals' starting rotation.

    Yordano Ventura, Jason Vargas, Mike Minor and Chris Young are also options, and rookie Matt Strahm will get a shot at starting this spring after excelling in the bullpen.

    Still, it wouldn't hurt to add another low-cost arm or two capable of stepping into the rotation.

    Re-sign or replace Kendrys Morales

    Soler figures to take over as the primary DH where he can focus on his offensive game and perhaps avoid the hamstring issues that have plagued him in recent years.

    There's still legitimate 30-homer potential in his bat, and with four years of team control remaining, acquiring him was a risk-reward move worth making for the small-market Royals.

Los Angeles Angels

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    2B Danny Espinosa
    2B Danny EspinosaG Fiume/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a second baseman

    Shortly after the Washington Nationals acquired Adam Eaton during the winter meetings, infielder Danny Espinosa voiced his displeasure about returning to a super utility role with Trea Turner set to displace him as the starting shortstop.

    It didn't take the Nationals long to rectify the situation as he was shipped to the Los Angeles Angels where he'll represent a massive upgrade at the second base position.

    Angels second basemen hit a paltry .235/.275/.345 last season with 10 home runs and 47 RBI.

    Add a starting pitcher

    A healthy Garrett Richards figures to give the Angels' staff a significant boost, but there was still a need for starting pitching help with Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano both recovering from Tommy John surgery.

    Jesse Chavez was signed to a one-year, $5.75 million deal that includes $2.5 million worth of incentives for games started, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

    The 33-year-old worked mostly as a starter in 2014 and 2015, pitching to a 3.83 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 303.0 innings, before spending all of last season pitching out of the bullpen.

    Add a leadoff hitter

    The addition of speedy Ben Revere gives the Angels another leadoff option outside of Yunel Escobar, who hits for a solid average but profiles better as a No. 2 hitter given his limited speed.

    Revere will likely platoon with Cameron Maybin in left field, though it's not out of the question to think he could play his way into a larger role if he bounces back from a rough 2016 season.

    Add a setup reliever

    The Angels moved quickly to re-sign Andrew Bailey at the start of the offseason, but the only significant addition to the bullpen so far has been claiming Kirby Yates off waivers from the New York Yankees.

    Keep an eye on prospect Keynan Middleton, who was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason after posting a 3.41 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 12.0 K/9 over three minor league levels last season. He could make an impact in 2017.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    RP Kenley Jansen
    RP Kenley JansenSean M. Haffey/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Re-sign Justin Turner

    With few other viable options on the free-agent market and no clear in-house replacement, the Dodgers brought Turner back on a four-year, $64 million deal.

    Re-sign or replace Kenley Jansen

    The Miami Marlins made a strong push to sign Jansen, but the Dodgers won out in the end.

    He returns on a five-year, $80 million deal that includes an opt-out after the third year.

    Add a setup reliever

    Bringing back Jansen was obviously huge for the Dodgers' bullpen, but they could still use another proven setup man with Joe Blanton reaching free agency.

    Pedro Baez and Blanton were leaned on heavily in bridging the gap to Jansen last season, and unless the team trusts the combination of Grant Dayton and Josh Fields to step into more significant roles, a veteran addition will need to be made.

    Add a second baseman and trade Howie Kendrick

    Howie Kendrick was shipped to the Philadelphia Phillies shortly after this article was written the first time, honoring his wishes to be traded rather than serving in a part-time role.

    The team has yet to find a starting second baseman for 2017, though.

    Bringing back Chase Utley is still a very real possibility, though the team's No. 1 target at the moment appears to be Minnesota Twins slugger Brian Dozier.

    The two teams have been actively discussing a swap, though deciding what prospects to include along with right-hander Jose De Leon has been a sticking point, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Miami Marlins

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    1B Justin Bour
    1B Justin BourMike Zarrilli/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Trade for a controllable starting pitcher

    The Miami Marlins have opted against trading from their MLB core and flipping someone like Marcell Ozuna for a starting pitcher, at least to this point.

    Instead, the focus this offseason has been on building up the bullpen in hopes it can prop up the rotation.

    Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa were signed to join A.J. Ramos, Kyle Barraclough and David Phelps to form what should be one of the better relief corps in the National League.

    Add another starting pitcher

    As for the additions the team has made to the starting rotation, Edinson Volquez and Jeff Locke were signed to fill out a staff that will also include Wei-Yin Chen, Adam Conley and Tom Koehler.

    Both pitchers offer some upside relative to their cost and 2016 performance, and the team has plenty of young depth should one or both falter.

    Add a left-handed reliever

    Losing free agent Mike Dunn leaves the Marlins without a left-handed reliever in the projected bullpen, per Roster Resource.

    "Handedness didn’t come into play as much as finding the highest quality [reliever]," team president Michael Hill told Tim Healey of the Sun Sentinel.r

    Playing in an NL East division that includes left-handed sluggers like Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Freddie Freeman, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce, among others, they may want to rethink that.

    Find a platoon partner for Justin Bour

    First baseman Justin Bour has a .223 average and .564 OPS against left-handed pitching, so finding him a platoon partner would make sense.

    The team appears open to the idea of giving him more exposure against southpaws, though.

    "There’s not that clear-cut complement at first base, but I think in the growth and maturation of Justin Bour, [Mattingly has] talked about trying to challenge him more and expose him more to left-handed pitching," Hill told Healey.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    3B Travis Shaw
    3B Travis ShawMatthew Hazlett/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Trade Ryan Braun for a significant return

    There's been essentially nothing in the way of Ryan Braun rumors so far this offseason.

    The Brewers have no reason to trade him unless someone comes along with a huge offer, so expect him to stay put, at least until the deadline.

    Add a third baseman

    The Brewers landed a nice return for setup man Tyler Thornburg, including third baseman Travis Shaw.

    The 26-year-old posted a .726 OPS with 34 doubles, 16 home runs and 71 RBI over 530 plate appearances last season and is under team control through the 2021 season.

    Add multiple relievers

    The Brewers have not exactly made a splash on the relief-pitcher market this winter, but they have added a number of possible options for the relief corps.

    Left-hander Tommy Milone is capable of starting and could serve in a swingman capacity, while Ryan Webb, Steven Geltz and Andy Oliver all saw time at the MLB level last season.

    Add a closer (*New Addition*)

    With the ability to offer a clear path to the closer's role, the Brewers could be an attractive landing spot for someone like Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, Neftali Feliz or Greg Holland.

    Corey Knebel, Carlos Torres and Jacob Barnes are the leading in-house candidates to take over ninth-inning duties, according to Adam McCalvy of

Minnesota Twins

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    C Jason Castro
    C Jason CastroBrad Mangin/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a catcher

    The market moved quickly for Jason Castro, and the Minnesota Twins ended up landing the veteran catcher with a three-year, $24.5 million deal.

    Castro is one of the best in the business at pitch-framing and he has decent pop for the catcher position with double-digit home runs in each of the past four seasons.

    His presence leading the staff should help prospects like Jose Berrios, Stephen Gonsalves and others make a smoother transition to the MLB rotation.

    Add a closer

    Similar to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Twins could emerge as an attractive destination for pitchers with closer experience as they have a relatively clear path to the ninth-inning job.

    Brandon Kintzler did an admirable job holding down the fort last season, converting 17 saves in 20 chances and posting a 3.15 ERA over 54 appearances. He's better suited for a setup role, though, as he lacks swing-and-miss stuff.

    Trade Trevor Plouffe

    The Twins released Plouffe on Nov. 18 when they were unable to find a taker on the trade market.

    An $8.2 million projected price tag in his final year of arbitration was obviously the motivating factor in cutting ties with the 30-year-old.

    Shop Ervin Santana

    So far this offseason there's been no indication that the Twins would even entertain the idea of flipping Santana in a market devoid of quality starting pitching.

    That seems like a missed opportunity for a team that likely won't be in a position to contend over the final two years of his contract.

New York Mets

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    RP Jerry Blevins
    RP Jerry BlevinsJim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Re-sign Yoenis Cespedes

    The Mets brought Cespedes back on a four-year, $110 million deal to once again serve as an anchor in the middle of their offensive attack.

    Trade Jay Bruce (*New Addition*)

    Successfully re-signing Cespedes leaves the Mets with an outfield logjam that will need to be addressed before the start of the season.

    Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and former top prospects Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo will all be vying for playing time, and trading Bruce—who is entering the final year of his contractseems like the obvious solution.

    The 29-year-old doesn't have a ton of trade value as a one-dimensional power threat, so the Mets can't expect much of significance in return.

    Add a setup reliever

    Despite the domestic violence charges against him being dropped, closer Jeurys Familia is still expected to be suspended at least 30 games, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

    Addison Reed will presumably step into the closer's role in his absence, leaving the Mets bullpen weakened as a whole, so adding another setup option to the mix would go a long way in helping the team get through that first month.

    Re-sign or replace Jerry Blevins

    Blevins was an integral part of the relief corps this past season with a 2.79 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 11.1 K/9 and 16 holds in 73 appearances.

    He's the top lefty option on the free-agent market along with Boone Logan, and the Mets are lacking a quality left-hander in the bullpen if he signs elsewhere, so bringing him back seems like a no-brainer.

New York Yankees

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    DH Matt Holliday
    DH Matt HollidayJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a starting pitcher

    The New York Yankees have three spots in the starting rotation decided with Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia at the top.

    That leaves some combination of Chad Green, Luis Severino, Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa to fill out the staff, and while all four are capable of being quality MLB starters, ideally they would be competing for one spot and not two.

    Jason Hammel is still an option on the free-agent market, but at this point, it appears the Yankees are content to go with their in-house options.

    Add multiple relievers

    The Yankees brought back flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million deala new record contract for a relief pitcher.

    That's the only notable addition to the relief corps so far this offseason, though.

    Trading for Tyler Clippard and re-acquiring Adam Warren in July were nice under-the-radar moves that will help bolster the pen for the upcoming season, but there's still room to add another veteran arm or two.

    Explore the market for a power bat

    The Yankees found a power bad and their new DH in Matt Holliday, who signed a one-year, $13 million deal after having his option declined by the St. Louis Cardinals.

    The 36-year-old played just 110 games last season after suffering a hand injury, but still managed to tally 20 doubles, 20 home runs and 62 RBI with a .782 OPS over 426 plate appearances.

    He's a nice short-term addition who will help in 2017 without bogging down the payroll going forward.

Oakland Athletics

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    CF Brett Eibner
    CF Brett EibnerMichael Zagaris/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a center fielder

    As it stands, the Oakland Athletics would enter the season with a platoon of Brett Eibner and Jake Smolinski manning the center field position.

    The team made a run at signing Edwin Encarnacion so it appears there's money to be spent on the right player, though the free-agent market for center fielders is down to names like Rajai Davis, Michael Bourn and Austin Jackson.

    The A's were strongly linked to Kansas City Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson during the winter meetings, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, so perhaps those talks will rekindle in the days and weeks to come.

    Add a starting pitcher

    The A's have plenty of options for the starting rotation. It's just that they are relatively inexperienced behind ace Sonny Gray, who will be looking to rebound from a dreadful season.

    Kendall Graveman (26) and Sean Manaea (24) are locks for two of the remaining spots, while Andrew Triggs (27), Jharel Cotton (24), Jesse Hahn (27), Daniel Mengden (23), Dillon Overton (25) and Frankie Montas (23) will all get a look this spring.

    Bringing in a veteran or two would provide some competition and perhaps some assistance in those young starters' development.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    SP Clay Buchholz
    SP Clay BuchholzElsa/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add an outfielder

    Assuming Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis both stay put, Howie Kendrick will be the Philadelphia Phillies' everyday left fielder and Odubel Herrera will once again man center field.

    That leaves right field as one spot where the team could look to make a splash in free agency, perhaps by signing someone like Jose Bautista.

    Aaron Altherr and Tyler Goeddel, prospects Roman Quinn and Nick Williams and non-roster invitee Daniel Nava are the leading in-house candidates to man the position.

    Add a veteran starting pitcher

    The Phillies turned to the trade market to shore up the starting rotation last offseason, hitting on Jeremy Hellickson and missing on Charlie Morton who made just four starts before undergoing season-ending hamstring surgery.

    They'll be hoping to hit once again after acquiring Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox.

    The 2016 season as a whole was not pretty for Buchholz, who struggled early and lost his rotation spot, but a strong finish is reason for optimism.

    He was 5-1 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 58.2 innings after the All-Star break, including a strong month of September in which he rejoined the rotation and went 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA and four quality starts in five games.

    Shop Vincent Velasquez

    There was some talk of a potential deal that would send Velasquez to the Texas Rangers leading up to the trade deadline, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, but his name has not come up in any notable rumors so far this offseason.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    SP Ivan Nova
    SP Ivan NovaJustin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a starting pitcher

    The Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation took a huge step backward last season, going from fifth in the majors in starters ERA (3.53) to 22nd (4.67).

    With an inexperienced stable of arms behind ace Gerrit Cole, bringing aboard at least one veteran arm to help take some pressure off the youngsters seemed like a must, and the team did that earlier this week by re-signing Ivan Nova to a three-year, $26 million deal.

    Nova was 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and a 52-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 11 starts with the Pirates after coming over at the trade deadline.

    Add a right-handed setup reliever

    Replacing right-handed setup man Neftali Feliz in a bullpen that already features a pair of quality left-handers in Tony Watson and Felipe Rivero was also a must.

    Daniel Hudson was the answer, agreeing to a two-year, $11 million deal to replace Feliz and give the team a potential closer option if Watson winds up traded at some point in the near future.

    Re-sign or replace Matt Joyce

    After breaking camp with the team as a non-roster invitee last spring, Joyce landed a two-year, $11 million deal from the Oakland Athletics this winter.

    With utility man Sean Rodriguez also departing for greener pastures, it appears the Pirates will turn to the young duo of Adam Frazier and Alen Hanson to replace them on the bench.

San Diego Padres

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    SP Jhoulys Chacin
    SP Jhoulys ChacinJayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add multiple starting pitchers

    The San Diego Padres starting rotation is not going to be a strength in 2017, that much is abundantly clear.

    Looking to fill out the staff with warm bodies alongside Luis Perdomo, Christian Friedrich and Paul Clemens, the team re-signed left-hander Clayton Richard and brought aboard Jhoulys Chacin on matching one-year, $1.75 million deals.

    The team has also been linked to veterans Jered Weaver and Jake Peavy, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Add a late-inning reliever

    Given the penny-pinching they are doing when it comes to filling out the starting rotation, it's unlikely the Padres will make any significant additions to the relief corps.

    As it stands, the group of Kevin Quackenbush, Brad Hand, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer actually has a chance to be one of the strengths of the team.

    Decide if Luis Sardinas is the answer at shortstop

    "The Padres have checked in with just about every team that may have a SS available," tweeted AJ Cassavell of earlier this offseason.

    Whether the team is looking for an insurance policy for Sardinas or a legitimate replacement remains to be seen, but the 23-year-old has earned an extended look after he hit .287/.353/.417 in 120 plate appearances last season.

    Dump Derek Norris

    Norris was shipped to the Washington Nationals in exchange for 19-year-old right-hander Pedro Avila, who did not appear among the top 30 prospects in the Washington system last season, according to the Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

    The path is now clear for Austin Hedges to take over as the starting catcher.

San Francisco Giants

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    RP Mark Melancon
    RP Mark MelanconG Fiume/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a closer

    From the start, it looked like Mark Melancon was the San Francisco Giants' No. 1 target in their search for a closer, and they got their guy during the first day of the winter meetings.

    Melancon, 31, inked a four-year, $62 million deal which looks like a relative bargain alongside the massive five-year pacts signed by Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Add multiple other relievers

    To this point, Melancon is the only significant addition to the bullpen.

    The team does have some intriguing non-roster invitees lined up, including Bryan Morris, Josh Dominguez and Neil Ramirez.

    They'll be leaning heavily on left-hander Will Smith and young righties Derek Law and Hunter Strickland as things currently stand, though.

    Add a left fielder

    It doesn't sound like the Giants have the money to make a significant addition in left field, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:

    The Mark Melancon signing pretty much ended any talk of the Giants adding another player with a big contract.

    The only way the team could take on that type of player — J.D. Martinez, anybody? — is by moving a player with a similar salary, according to general manager Bobby Evans.

    That likely means a platoon of Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson manning the position in 2017.

Seattle Mariners

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    IF/OF Danny Valencia
    IF/OF Danny ValenciaJason O. Watson/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add an outfielder

    The big addition this offseason for the Seattle Mariners has been shortstop Jean Segura and they also picked up a potential starting outfielder in that deal in Mitch Haniger.

    "Haniger could end up being the most important player in that trade," one opposing scout told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

    The 26-year-old hit .321/.419/.581 with 34 doubles, 25 home runs and 94 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

    Add a left-handed reliever

    The market for left-handed relievers has been booming this winter and the Mariners jumped in the middle of it when they signed Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year, $11 million deal.

    The 31-year-old posted a 2.64 ERA with 11 holds over 70 appearances last season.

    Add a first baseman

    Dan Vogelbach has earned a shot at the starting first base job after hitting .292/.417/.505 with 23 home runs and 96 RBI in Triple-A last season.

    Given his struggles against left-handed pitching, a platoon partner was a must and the Mariners found one when they acquired Danny Valencia from the Oakland Athletics.

    Explore starting pitching depth

    The Mariners need to do more than just explore starting pitching options after shipping Taijuan Walker to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the aforementioned Segura deal.

    With Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Ariel Miranda and Nathan Karns currently penciled in as the projected rotation, at the very least they'll need to add some viable depth.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    CF Dexter Fowler
    CF Dexter FowlerEzra Shaw/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a center fielder

    The Cardinals filled their biggest need and exacted some revenge on the rival Chicago Cubswho signed away Jason Heyward and John Lackey last offseason—by adding Dexter Fowler on a five-year, $82.5 million deal.

    That will allow Randal Grichuk to slide over to left field, which improves the outfield defense as a whole. It also gives the Cards two of the best on-base threats in the game in Fowler and Matt Carpenter.

    Add a left-handed reliever

    The market was set on what's been a crazy offseason for quality left-handed relievers when the Cardinals gave Brett Cecil a four-year, $30.5 million deal.

    That's a steep price to pay for a non-closer, but the Cardinals had a clear need with Zach Duke undergoing Tommy John surgery and Kevin Siegrist boasting reverse platoon splits.

    Cecil struggled early in 2016, but he recovered nicely and there's no question he's been one of the game's premier lefty setup men for years.

    Extend Carlos Martinez

    The Cardinals and Martinez have mutual interest in an extension, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Second baseman Kolten Wong signed his five-year extension on March 2, so perhaps something will get done during spring training.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    C Wilson Ramos
    C Wilson RamosJoe Sargent/Getty Images

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    Trade SP Drew Smyly or Jake Odorizzi for a bat

    So far the Rays have held on to their remaining controllable pitching trade chips after sending Matt Moore to the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline.

    Drew Smyly, Alex Cobb and Erasmo Ramirez are the most likely arms to be dealt if the team does pull the trigger on a deal, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Smyly was discussed with the Seattle Mariners during the winter meetings, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

    Add a catcher

    After years of mediocre production and a revolving door, the Rays finally made a significant investment in the catcher position, signing Wilson Ramos to a two-year, $12.5 million deal.

    Ramos is expected to return from the torn ACL he suffered in September sometime around June or July, per Topkin, and while he may DH at first the plan is to return him to catching once he's ready.

    Add a right-handed power bat

    Ideally, Ramos can serve as a right-handed power bat in the middle of the lineup.

    However, this bullet point was speaking more to the need for a right-handed platoon option who could pair with Brad Miller at first base and/or Corey Dickerson in right field as neither hits left-handed pitching particularly well.

    A reunion with Steve Pearce would have been ideal, but he's since signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Add cheap bullpen help

    Rule 5 pick Kevin Gadea is the only notable addition to the relief corps so far this offseason.

    The 22-year-old has yet to pitch above the Single-A level, posting a 2.36 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 12.5 K/9 last season.

Texas Rangers

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    SP Andrew Cashner
    SP Andrew CashnerDustin Bradford/Getty Images

    Updated To-Do List

    Add a No. 3 starter

    Andrew Cashner was the Texas Rangers' solution to shoring up the starting rotation, signing a one-year, $10 million deal prior to the winter meetings.

    The 30-year-old has always had front-line stuff, he's just never been able to produce over a full season and injuries have certainly played a role.

    There's still some question whether Cashner, Martin Perez and A.J. Griffin can hold down the back of the rotation for a team trying to contend for a title, but it's a solid addition at a reasonable cost.

    Add a center fielder

    The Rangers brought back Carlos Gomez on a one-year, $11.5 million deal, opting to let Ian Desmond walk in free agency.

    There's a chance Gomez could slide over to left field if Delino DeShields bounce back, which would allow the team to move Shin-Soo Choo into a full-time DH role.

    Either way, the outfield situation is resolved by re-signing Gomez, who hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 33 games with the Rangers last season.

    Add a first baseman or DH

    Some combination of Joey Gallo, Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua is currently positioned to fill the DH and first base spots that were vacated by the retirement of Prince Fielder and the free agency of Carlos Beltran and Mitch Moreland.

    While there's no shortage of potential with that group, none is anywhere close to a proven commodity, and bringing in someone like Mike Napoli could bring some clarity to the situation.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    DH Kendrys Morales
    DH Kendrys MoralesEd Zurga/Getty Images

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    Re-sign DH Edwin Encarnacion

    While the Toronto Blue Jays did not bring back Edwin Encarnacion, they found his replacement in Kendrys Morales.

    Morales signed a three-year, $33 million deal after back-to-back productive seasons with the Kansas City Royals that saw him post an .821 OPS while averaging 26 home runs and 100 RBI.

    Add a corner outfielder

    The Blue Jays added someone capable of playing the corner outfield in Steve Pearce, but he'll likely bounce around with significant time spent in a platoon role with Justin Smoak at first base.

    That leaves some combination of Melvin Upton Jr., Ezequiel Carrera and Dalton Pompey to fill the corner outfield spots on either side of center fielder Kevin Pillar.

    There's still a chance the team brings back Jose Bautista and there are plenty of other mid-level options on the free-agent market, including Michael Saunders, so expect some sort of further addition before the offseason is over.

    Add a setup reliever

    Jason Grilli returns to team with Roberto Osuna at the back of the bullpen, but after losing Joaquin Benoit and Brett Cecil in free agency, the Blue Jays relief corps looks like a clear weakness.

    Rule 5 pick Joe Biagini is capable of stepping into a more high-leverage role after an impressive rookie season, but adding a quality left-hander and another proven veteran would go a long way.

Washington Nationals

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    RP Shawn Kelley
    RP Shawn KelleyDustin Bradford/Getty Images

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    Re-sign or replace RP Mark Melancon

    Despite being involved on the closer market, the Nationals have yet to add a proven ninth-inning option to the back of the bullpen.

    Shawn Kelley has the swing-and-miss stuff to succeed in the role and will likely get the first chance if no one is added before the offseason is over.

    Blake Treinen, Sammy Solis and Koda Glover are also candidates for save chances.

    Add a catcher

    Derek Norris was acquired on the cheap from the San Diego Padres following the departure of Wilson Ramos in free agency, but it's hard not to view that move as more of an insurance policy than an answer.

    Earlier this month, Jamal Collier of reported that the Nationals are "still in the mix" for free agent Matt Wieters, so that's something worth keeping an eye on as his market continues to develop slowly this winter.

    Decide on a position for Trea Turner

    Acquiring Adam Eaton was a clear decision that Trea Turner would be moving back to his natural position of shortstop this coming season, and trading Danny Espinosa a few days later clinched it.

    All stats courtesy of and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. Projected salaries courtesy of MLBTradeRumors. Contract information via Spotrac unless otherwise noted.


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