Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all are having a wonderful time and got everything you wanted, and found some positives at the end of the absolute dog turd of a year. As for MLB teams, there are plenty of things that they could want going into the new year, but these are the ones that stuck out the most to me in my mind. Lets get it started with the AL East.
New York Yankees
A starting pitcher that can pitch behind Gerrit Cole. Options such as: Blake Snell, Trevor Bauer, Luis Castillo
Tampa Bay Rays
Tyler Glasnow to take the next step towards becoming a CY Young caliber pitcher. He absolutely has the tools and stuff to do so, just whether he can stay healthy and take that big leap forward is yet to be seen.
Boston Red Sox
Pitching, and a whole lot of it. The Red Sox desperately need to pick up some depth in the pitching rotation, with Sale coming back at some point this season, Eovaldi pitching much better in 2020, and Eduardo Rodriguez looking like an overall solid contributor, the Red Sox are a couple pitching moves away from being able to be playoff contenders once again.
Toronto Blue Jays
The youth to continue their progression. The combination of Guerrero Jr, Bichette and Biggio, along with the breakout season from Teoscar Hernandez, the Blue Jays are in a good spot moving forward.
Chris Davis to leave town. What will go down as one of, if not the worst contracts of all time, Davis just cannot hit anymore, and is taking up 23 million dollars for the next two seasons.
Cleveland “Indians” (or Baseball Team? Idek anymore)
Get a top tier package for Francisco Lindor. The Indians should be looking for a combination of youth and proven players in the package they get for Lindor, as they still have a team that could contend for a title, with Jose Ramirez and Shane Bieber leading the front.
Kansas City Royals
Dayton Moore to continue a good offseason. Picking up great cheap options in Mike Minor and Carlos Santana, the Royals are beginning to look more competitive, they are still a little ways away from competing to win a title, but they are having a great offseason up to this point.
Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal to have good true rookie seasons. The two main young pitchers that the Tigers need going forward both got their first taste of the big leagues in 2020, and hopefully can build on that in 2021.
A playoff series win. It is crazy to think that the Twins have not won a playoff series since before 2004, and have won a playoff GAME in their last 18 attempts.
Chicago White Sox
Make the World Series Within the Next Three Seasons. The White Sox in my opinion probably have the best chance of being the team with the most World Series in this upcoming decade, with the combination of youth in Moncada, Jimenez, Madrigal, Vaughn and Robert, along with veterans like Abreu, Anderson and Grandal, there is no way they arent going to be on a short list to win the title in 2021.
Los Angeles Angels
Get Mike Trout to the Playoffs Again. Horrible to think that the best player in the game (its Trout not Betts, cant believe people are saying its Betts) has only played in one playoff series in his 10 year career.
Luzardo and Puk coming into their own. With Chris Bassitt having a great season in 2020, and Manaea putting together solid seasons, it is about time Puk and Luzardo start getting time in the rotation and develop into the studs they are said to be.
David Dahl to haunt the Rockies. While the Rangers have nothing likely against the Rockies, and the Rangers also are not going to be competitive in 2021, they would love to see Dahl have a huge season for the team, after he was a sneaky pickup for the club.
The outfield of the future to begin to take form. With Kyle Lewis already bursting on the scene, acquiring Taylor Trammell from San Diego, and Jarred Kelenic being their top prospect, 2021 will likely be the season all three of these players will begin to play in the big leagues together.
Put the cheating behind them. Last year showed the fair hatred towards the team, and moving forward, they will continue to be scrutinized, but if they win fair, the respect will slowly be regained. Emphasis on slowly.
Acquire a big time starting pitcher. With Mike Soroka coming back, along with Ian Anderson and Max Fried, if the Braves can get a say, Trevor Bauer, they will become close to favorites for the NL title.
Bounce back season from the rotation. The longtime strength of the Nationals has been their pitching, but in 2020, with Strasburg hurt, and Corbin and Scherzer both having down seasons, the Nats need their workhorses back to get them back in the playoffs.
Prove they aren’t a fluke. The wildest part of 2020 in baseball for me, was that the Miami Marlins made the playoffs, and beat down on the Chicago Cubs. If the Marlins can get similar contributions, and pick up some pieces this offseason, a Wild Card spot really isnt too unrealistic.
Spend money and get rid of lengthy contracts on the team. So the Phillies ownership said that they did not want to spend money, and there was a rumor they were shopping Zack Wheeler after a great 2020 season. But with the pieces they have right now, there is no reason they cant trade players like Jean Segura and Vince Velasquez and open up some room on the payroll and either trade or sign some players to get Philly back in the playoffs.
New York Mets
James McCann to provide the first good hitting catcher since Mike Piazza. With respect to Wilson Ramos, who was great in other places, the catching position has long been a weakness in the lineup for the Mets, who are hoping their offseason pickup in McCann can provide a spark.
St. Louis Cardinals
Bounce back season from rotation. Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas and Carlos Martinez all had down 2020 seasons, and the Cardinals desperately need them to come back to form in 2021, if they hope to compete.
Christian Yelich to shake 2020 off. Yelich was really bad in 2020, after becoming a perennial MVP candidate the last two years, they really need him back in 2021.
Avoid a rebuild, instead add on. I never will understand why the Cubs are trying to rebuild, especially attempting to trade Bryant after a down year. With Rizzo, Bryant and Baez on the offense and Darvish and Hendricks on the pitching staff, they have a good enough team to win the NL Central as is.
Ke’Bryan Hayes to build off his outstanding rookie season. While Pirates baseball will not be fun to watch in 2021, if you just focus on the young stud Hayes, I believe you will be satisfied. Hayes had an unreal 24 game stretch with the club in 2020, and from what he showed, should be a huge building block for the team going forward.
Unfortunately, Rebuild. Like the Cubs, I dont understand why the Reds are attempting to rebuild, but this rebuild seems more likely, and they should get a large package back from Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray and others.
San Francisco Giants
Pick up pitching. The Giants have already gone out and picked up John Brebbia and Matt Wisler for their bullpen, which were two great moves, but they now need to work on picking up some reliable options for the starting rotation, which they have gotten DeSclafani (love it) and brought back Gausman, but they are in need of a big arm to potentially push them into contention for a Wild Card spot.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Win back to back titles. This one is obvious, and with the talent on the roster they have, there is no reason to think they cant do it again, and this time there is no Howie Kendrick to ruin their season.
Be more like the 2019 Diamondbacks. In 2019 the D’Backs were much more competitive and looked like a playoff team, but everything fell apart and they ended up trading Starlin Marte. The team still has plenty of good players in their prime, and can still make a run at the postseason.
San Diego Padres
Go get Bauer. I think the Padres are going to be the eventual landing spot for 2020 CY Young Award winner Trevor Bauer, and if the Padres get him, I think they might have enough to battle the Dodgers for the NL West title.
Get back a huge haul for Arenado. The Rockies are heading in the wrong direction, and heading their fast, after making the playoffs in 2018, the last two seasons have seen them take a nose dive. It is time to trade their franchise cornerstone, and to get a fat package of prospects back.