The Winter Meetings featured a flurry of activity, but the trip to Maryland wasn’t one-stop shopping for every major-league team. Unlike holiday shoppers — who are down a dozen shopping days until Dec. 25 – MLB teams still have about two months before spring training.
Therefore, there is plenty of time for front-office executives to fine-tune their rosters. Good thing, because these nine contenders still have plenty of work to do:
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After addressing the rotation by re-signing Rich Hill, Los Angeles now must fill the voids at second and third bases. Bringing back free agent Justin Turner would be ideal at the hot corner, and the Dodgers have been linked to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier in trade talks.
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Washington paid a steep price to acquire center fielder Adam Eaton, but it has failed to retain closer Mark Melancon – or sign one of the other two high-priced stoppers (Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen). Why not hit redial and discuss a deal for David Robertson with the White Sox?
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Carlos Gomez will be back to patrol center field, but Mitch Moreland, Carlos Beltran and Ian Desmond all have found new homes. That means there is plenty of offense to replace, with plenty of options (Edwin Encarnacion, among them) still on the market. Texas also still must address the back end of its rotation.
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The defending American League champions remain in the market for a first baseman/DH, and two very attractive candidates are still looking for homes. Mike Napoli would be welcomed back with open arms – at a team-friendly price – and Edwin Encarnacion seemingly could fall unexpectedly into Cleveland’s lap.
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Aroldis Chapman is back after briefly serving as a rental for the Cubs’ World Series run, and Matt Holliday is a great get on a one-year deal. However, New York’s rotation still needs a durable and dependable starter, and the offense still must make up for the pop lost by the departures/retirements of Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann and Alex Rodriguez.
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By winning the bidding for Mark Melancon, San Francisco crossed the biggest item off its to-do list, but it still has a question mark in left field. The Giants seem content to go with a combination of youngsters Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker. But the Tigers’ J.D. Martinez remains available.
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Even after adding Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, there is offense to replace, namely in the outfield. The recent reports of dialogue between Toronto and Jose Bautista are encouraging, and a reunion would be ideal for both sides – if Bautista has lowered his asking price.
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Baltimore reportedly is eyeing free-agent catcher Welington Castillo to fill its biggest need, meaning it soon can turn its focus to re-signing Mark Trumbo. He’d conveniently slide back into the right field/DH role he manned last season when he led the majors with 47 homers.
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The return of Yoenis Cespedes overshadows all else, and there is enviable depth in the outfield and even the infield. The rotation is loaded, assuming Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are healthy. But the bullpen still could use some additions, something New York should address by dealing from its outfield depth (Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson).
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