The Astros have been widely known as the worst team in baseball for years on end. They have been going downhill for years. Loosing players like Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence, and Wandy Rodriguez, they have been rebuilding for years now. They also finished last in the majors in wins. They have started a rebuilding process, and even though it may seem they are not in the best position now, I can guarantee you that, with their farm system, they will be a winning team in the near future
The Astros Offseason
The Astros have improved their bullpen by adding Jesse Crain, Chad Qualls and Matt Albers. They also added a solid starter in Scott Feldman. But, perhaps the most impressive addition is that of Dexter Fowler. They lost Brandon Barnes in the trade that allowed them to acquire Fowler.
What The Astros Should do
The Astros can’t get caught up in moves that will try to get them talent too early, as it will be pointless and likely expensive. for now, they need to just sign prospects long term, and drafting their prospects smart, as they will have a high pick in the draft that can be extremely valuable.
The Twins lack of starting pitching has put them in a 3-year drought. They have constantly either traded away or lost their players to other teams, where they become elite. They can not let this happen to top prospect, Byron Buxton. He has the makings of potentially a perennial 40/40 player with excellent defense. There are also many other promising prospects in their organization, which should lead to a good near future.
The Twins Offseason
The Twins had two major signings. Those of SP and their ace, Ricky Nolasco, and also SP Phil Hughes. They also signed catcher Kurt Suzuki, to replace Ryan Doumit, as he was signed elsewhere. They have their name swirling around just about every major free agent starting pitcher, as well as international starter, suk min goon. They also have rumors swirling around 3B Mark Reynolds.
What The Twins Should Do
The Twins starting pitching is atrocious. Even with their recent signings, they still have a
below average starting rotation. Nolasco is a good 3-starter, but having him as your ace may not be all that good. They should try to have a reunion with SP Matt Garza. Then, sign Suk Min Yoon, as a #2. They should be all right from there. Then, I say they also need to sign Mark Reynolds, as he would give then the power they could use.
Lineups(potential acquisitions in bold)
The Kansas City Royals had a major step up from their previous season. They traded top prospect, Wil Myers to the Rays for their elite starting pitcher, James Shields. Myers went on to win the Rookie of the Year award, and Shields had a pretty good year, as well. Now, lets take a look at the Royals offseason.
The Royals Offseason
The Royals had a great year from their starting pitchers. One of the best is from Ervin Santana. He is a free agent this offseason. He will likely make upwards of $14 million dollars, which would make him out of the price range of The Royals. They also had a hole at 2nd base, which was filled in greatly by free agent 2nd baseman, Omar Infante. They also signed SP Jason Vargas, to add some depth to their rotation, as well as maybe their biggest addition, Norichika Aoki. He will provide speed and be on base a ton for the Royals.
What The Royals Should Do
The Royal’s lineup appears to be pretty stacked. Their bullpen is among the best in the MLB, but their starting rotation is not very good. They have two solid arms to start off with, but after that, there is not much. I would say defiantly signing someone who will give a lot of innings, such as AJ Burnett, or even Tanaka.
Lineups(Potential acquisitions in Bold)
If you look at the dominant teams in the American League, the Detroit Tigers have to be in the top few. The Tigers have made it to the ALCS 3 years in a row. The Tigers have an elite lineup, as well as starting rotation. But, with some of the moves they’ve made this offseason, they could be looking at potential trouble.
The Tigers Offseason
The Tigers biggest move, so far was trading their star 1st baseman and cleanup hitter, Prince Fielder to The Rangers for 2B Ian Kinsler. Kinsler has some pretty good attributes, but Fielder beats him in just about every offensive one, besides speed. The Tigers also traded their starter, Doug Fister, to The Nationals. He was coming off a good year, so they are missing a major part of their rotation. They also had to part ways with their 2nd baseman, Omar Infante. He hit .318 and was a major threat in their order. They also had to see relief arms such as Jose Veras and Joaquin Benoit go, as well as their shortstop Jhonny Peralta. They did sign closer Joe Nathan, though, and did add speedy outfielder, Rajai Davis.
What The Tigers Should Do
Missing Omar Infante, they acquired Ian Kinsler to fill in the hole at 2nd base. They also Signed Joe Nathin to fill in the holes in their bullpen that have been missing. Shortstop Jose Inglesias will fill in the hole at shortstop. As for Prince Fielders absence. They should move Miguel Cabrera back to 1st base, and let Nick Castellanos play third. They should go after some bullpen help, but other than that, they seem to be just fine. For Now.
Lineups (Potential Acquisitions in Bold)
The Cleveland Indians had a great year, last year. Hiring a new manager and signing two of the top outfielders in Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. The Indians have already lost starting pitcher, Scott Kazmir, and are most likely going to have to part ways with Ubaldo Jimenez. They have an excellent starting lineup, but their pitching is very weak behind their ace, Justin Masterson. Now, lets take a look at The Indian’s offseason.
The Indians Offseason
The Indians have had a quiet offseason, after loosing Scott Kazmir and potentially Jeminez. David Murphy was a decent addition, along with relief pitcher, John Axford. They also added the arm of Shawn Marcum, as a nice arm for the back of their rotation. I think they could use another 3B to replace Lonnie Chisenhall. He is weak and I think there could be a cheap 30 home runs added by adding Free Agent Mark Reynolds.
Indians Lineups (Potential acquisitions in Bold)
The Chicago White Sox have had a tough few seasons.They have had their share of decentseasons, but their attendance has significantly dropped every year since 2006. They had a bad year last year, in which they could only win a mere 63 games, and a winning pct of .368. When you logically put all the stats together, the White Sox are the 3rd worst team in the MLB. They do have a good farm, and some good catching prospects coming up, which is why I think they can still compete, while having a good range of prospects coming up.
The White Sox Offseason
This offseason, The Sox acquired Adam Eaton, which was a good move for them. The also re-signed Paul Konerko, but the best of their signings was the international one of 1B Jose Abreu. The White Sox invested $68 million dollars into him, and are expecting a whole lot in return. He is expected to be a middle-of-the-order threat, and a franchise player, for years to come.
What the Sox should do this offseason is mostly already done, with what they have. I could see them signing a low-risk starting pitcher for a year or two to strengthen the back end of their rotation behind SP Chris Sale. They could also use a better catcher.
Lineups (Potential signings in bold)
It’s no doubt that the 2012-2013 offseason for The Blue Jays last year was one for the ages. They landed SS Jose Reyes, SP Mark Buehrle, SP Josh Johnson, CF Emilio Bonafacio, C John Buck. They also acquired SP R.A. Dickey from the Mets, coming off his Cy Young award winning season. Not to mention they also added star outfielder, Melky Cabrera. At the beginning of the year, they looked absolutely stacked. But, they ended up finishing last in the AL east, with a loosing record. But why?
The Blue Jays lost Jose Reyes early to injury, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle both had bad years, but perhaps the biggest disappointment is in their so called “Ace” R.A. Dickey. He was expected to have another Cy Young type season. Instead, he finished with almost a .500 record. However, I do think that The Jays have the potential to finish in the top 3 in the AL east, this year.
If I was the general manager of The Blue Jays, there would be two major moves I would make. And they would both be the same position, which is starting pitcher. The Blue Jays have not only lost Josh Johnson, but have a weak rotation after Dickey and Morrow. Buehrle is not a solid option because you don’t know what you are going to get. Behind those 3, they need to sign two starting pitchers. If they can land 2 top-of-the-rotation starters, they will likely have a contending team. Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jeminez seem like great candidates.
It is no doubt that what The Rays do with the amount of payroll they have is astonishing. The Rays have actually lead the MLB in total wins, the past 3 years. The Rays perhaps most interesting story is that of Starting Pitcher, David Price. He is on the radar of multiple teams as a trade target. What The Rays are requesting in return for Price is a whole lot. Price is yet to be traded, but seeing that he’s going into his free agent year, it appears he’s going to be traded either this offseason, or at the trade deadline.
The Rays Offseason
This offseason, the Rays looked to be in need of a free agent first baseman and catcher. It seemed as if their free agent first baseman James Loney would have too high of an asking price, coming off a season where he almost hit .300. The Rays, though, did sign him, along with trading for Catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Reds, and RP Heath Bell from the D-Backs. It looks as if The Rays are set for opening day, their only problem could be their free agent closer, Fernando Rodney. Rodney has been great for the Rays, over the past few seasons, but it seems unlikely that The Rays re-sign him. I can see The Rays trading for Heath Bell to use him as a potential closer, or maybe exploring the trade market for open arms. Or, maybe even using rookie Alex Torres to fill in the closer role, as he had a fantastic year in 2013.
Lineups (Potential acquisitions in bold)
In a season plagued by injury, the Yankees somehow found a way to win 85 games, which was tied with The Orioles for 3rd in the AL east. Joe Girardi did a fantastic job managing a club missing Mark Texiera, Derek Jeter, David Phelps, Kevin Youkilis, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez for 95% of the season. The Yankees will be missing the best closing pitcher of all time, Mariano Rivera to retirement. Obviously with age not on the Yankees side, there is major room for improvement to be done this offseason.
The Yankees Offseason
This offseason has been extremely interesting to say the least. The Yankees, who were the sure pick to sign 2B Robinson Cano lost him to the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees also lost key outfielder, Curtis Granderson to The Mets. Brian Cashman responded quickly though, signing outfielders Carlos Beltran to a 3 year deal, and Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7 year deal, and C Brian McCann to a 5 year deal. The Yankees Gaps mainly lie in their infield and pitching. The Yankees signed 2B Brian Roberts as a mediocre fill-in for Cano at 2nd. A-Rod is still a question mark, and we don’t know how well Jeter will produce, coming off a season-ending ankle injury. But, the biggest concern, right now is The Yankees pitching. They have Sabathia, Kuroda, and Nova in their starting rotation, which is pretty good, but the other two, are still a mystery. Mariano Rivera’s absence is a concern, as well. I think The Yankees can fix every problem before opening day. And, here’s how.
The Yankees need to address their starting pitching first, and foremost. Signing Tanaka from Japan is EXTREMELY important. The Yankees need a solid arm behind Sabathia and Tanaka would be a perfect Lefty-Righty combo. To fill in the final arm, the Yankees must sign either Ubaldo Jiménez or Ervin Santana. Their asking prices are high, but they might be worth it, in the long run. The Yankees should also sign CP Grant Balfour to a two year deal. It is safer than putting David Robertson in the closing role. Re-signing someone like Mark Reynolds is crucial, as well, in case Alex Rodriguez’s suspension is kept.
Potential Aqusitions are in Bold
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
SS Derek Jeter
RF Carlos Beltran
1B Mark Teixeira
C Brian McCann
DH Alfonso Soriano
3B Alex Rodriguez/Mark Reynolds
2B Kelly Johnson/Brian Roberts
LF Brett Gardner