The lockout caused a very quiet off-season activity of nearly two months, so the team has done a lot to deal with many positions on this list after the major league deals were finally frozen. You need to do. However, some teams have already taken steps to fix the more obvious weaknesses from the 2021 season ( Determined by bWAR). Let’s take a look at the progress made. Note that this survey of the National League team ignores the position of the DH …
Braves (Catcher, -1.3 bWAR): When Travis d’Arnaud Atlanta, who was on the injured list for most of the season, swam with a catcher’s bag before D’Arnaud returned in August and the Braves entered the World Series.The Braves are always at risk of injury, so the Braves signature Manny Piña Add veteran complement to the two-year contract, rather than relying on the youth’s greater role William Contreras also Shay Langerie..
Brewers (First base-0.5b WAR): Milwaukee didn’t get much from first base all year round, Rowdy Tellez It was a pretty good hit after being acquired by the Blue Jays in a trade during the season. On paper, Tellez became Brew Crew’s first choice. Newly acquired Mike Brosseau Former top prospect Keston Hiura It works as a right-handed batter complement. For example, if Hiura can escape the two-year slump, or if the team decides to trade with another big bat during the season, Brewers has the flexibility to adjust.
Cardinal (Relief pitching, 1.0 bWAR): The fact that the “worst” position of the card was a relatively solid 1.0 bWAR is a testament to the general depth of the card. This is because even the weakest bats contributed to excellent defense, even though the hits were generally midfield.It left the bullpen as a relatively weak link, and St. Louis has so far resigned a veteran left-handed TJ McFarland Brought in Kyle Ryan Another veteran with a minor league contract Luis Garcia on the left Join the Padres.. The Cardinals are likely still sticking to a slightly lower level transaction to get more pens, as the team has a young starter on the farm who can deploy in a rescue role if not needed for rotation. Geo Bunny Galegos St. Louis gets some additional depth through a veteran with nine experiences, but pitched well in the role of closer.
Cubs (Starting pitcher, -1.2 bWAR): After dropping most of the veterans on the deal deadline, the Cubs showed they weren’t ready to go to rebuild mode yet because they signed. Marcus Stroman Traded $ 71 million in 3 years Wade Miley Exemption from the Reds who throw away their salary. Neither represents a major long-term commitment (Straumann can opt out after the 2023 season and Miley has only signed until 2022), but the rotation of Wrigleyville already looks much better on paper. .. Kyle Hendricks Another spot is claimed, the turnip Adbert Alzolay, Alec Mills, Justin Steele, Or top prospect Brailyn Marquez The last two spots. Alternatively, Chicago can get a fairly cheap veteran arm and put it in the fourth rotation spot with a penciler, or offer more competition to those young pitchers.
Diamondbacks (Relief pitching, -3-3 bWAR): The 110-defeated D’Backs didn’t have much of a strength, but the bullpen was the team’s biggest problem. Diamondbacks faced a difficult battle next year, but the rescue team was miserable enough that Arizona felt the need for a remarkable bullpen signature. Mark Melancon $ 14 million in two years.As the club added, Melancon could be Diamondbacks’ biggest investment in pens Keynan Middleton, Edwin Useta, Zack Burdi, When Kyle Nelson You can pursue a similar low-cost path for minor league transactions and waiver claims, and with the addition of other remedies.
Dodgers (Center fielder, 0.8 bWAR): Cody BellingerThe brutal 2021 season makes him a big question mark for 2022. The Dodgers aren’t ready to give up on the former NLMVP, but it’s probably safe to assume their decision to re-sign the Super Utility Man. Chris Taylor At least partly inspired by the need to make a backup plan in case Bellinger struggles with the plate again. I probably don’t want to use LA Mookie Betts also AJ Pollock It’s not surprising to see the Dodgers targeting another centerfield-ready utility type, unnecessarily center-fielder, and targeting pure outfielders in post-lockout moves.
Giants (GiantsSecond base, 1.6 bWAR): This is the best bWAR in the team’s “worst” position. This is not surprising given that the Giants have manipulated the roster for 107 victories. Tommy La Stella Spending most of the year on IL results in a relatively shortage of second baseman production and a platoon-healthy lastera. Thairo Estrada When Wilmer Flores It’s an in-house answer to improve keystone. However, as always, the Giants believe they are looking for options for both small and large multiposition names. San Francisco has payroll space for larger infield additions if you choose that path.
Marlins (Catcher, -1.5 bWAR): In combination Jorge Alfaro, Sandy Leon, Alex Jackson, When Chad Wallach With little help behind the plate, the Marlins went on a big swing and Won Jacob Stallings From pirates. Miami had to give up the package of three prospects to sign the deal, but giving up two controllable minor league arms was an acceptable price for a team with Marlins pitching depth. .. The current plan is Stallings’ strong defense and game-calling abilities to support Miami’s arms at the big league level.
Mets (Catcher, 0 bWAR): After signing James McCann For the four-year $ 40.6 million deal last winter, Mets expected much more than the .232 / .294 / .349 slash line at 412 at bats.With backup Tomas Nido With less hits, New York needs a little time for McCann to adapt to the new league and should expect the backstop to be able to return to his old All-Star form.
People (people (people)Relief pitching, -4.6 bWAR): Teams in any position category did not have a smaller number than Washington Bullpen’s -4.6 bWAR, and nuts were only deducted from their rescue team as they moved. Daniel Hudson When Brad hand As part of the deadline sold out.People Added This is as their tactic in the second half of winter, as some low-level weapons are in depth and it is not yet clear if DC will use 2022 as a reset year or if they will have a bigger fight. It may end.
Padres (Catcher, 0.4 bWAR): The Marlins are ready to move out of Alfaro, so when San Diego bought Alfaro from Miami shortly before the lockout, AJ Preller picked up yet another player with a former Rangers relationship.The Padres problem with the catcher was mainly due to an injured year from a future starter. Austin NolaSo, assuming Nora is healthy and productive, the Padres may have some surplus in that position (between backups). Victor Caratini And top outlook Luis Campusano) Whether Alfaro can get going. The name of Campsano emerged in several trade negotiations between the Cubs and the Nationals back to the deadline, and he was speculatively mentioned again this winter as a trade chip.
Phillies (Third base, -0.9 bWAR): Between the hot corner, shortstop position (-0.5 bWAR), center fielder and left fielder (1.3 bWAR each), the Phillies have a lot of holes to fill before the opening day. Theoretically, if the club decides to continue the course, third base may be the easiest to deal with. Alec BohmFollowed up a great rookie season with a mediocre 2021 campaign. Baume is unlikely to be the first player to rebound from a slump in the second year, but since he also needs a shortstop, the Phillies may try to get a multi-position infield type that can probably intervene on short or third base. Maybe.
Pirate (Right fielder, -1.5 bWAR): Buccane is still being rebuilt, so it’s not clear if we’ll add a significant veteran upgrade in 2022 in the right fielder or elsewhere.If not, abandon the pickup Greg Allen I participated Ben Gamel, Anthony Alford, And the first round of 2018 Travis Swaggerty With a mix of play time in the corner outfield position.
Reds (Third base, -1.4 bWAR): Experiment Eugenio Suarez Still, Suarez basically struggled with the plates all year round, as the Reds’ first shortstop was over soon, and Mike Moustakas (Starting the year on third base) also struggled with the plate and fought the injury.There are some Actual warning sign Other than expecting Suarez and Mustaka to get back on track, about the lack of aggressive production in Suarez over the last two years, and probably because Cincinnati is looking to cut salaries rather than upgrade the roster this winter. There is no easy solution.
Rockies (Center fielder, 0.9 bWAR): Finding a center fielder is a special challenge, as Colorado generally requires an outfielder and the spacious Coors Field almost requires a good defender in the middle. All 2021 Centerfield Options Garrett Hampson, Yonathan Daza, also Sam hilliard Hampson may be the best fielder in the bunch, but it may end up in the infield instead of on the grass, so it fits the bill perfectly.Rocky Mountains Reportedly Was interested in Kris Bryant Prior to lockout, and such a major signature, Bryant may or may be placed in several positions rather than being used by a full-time center fielder. It certainly meets the need for large bats in the lineup, if any.
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