Breaking down all 30 clubs' needs at Meetings

Teams looking to take action after Ohtani, Stanton deals

December 11th, 2017

The 2017 Winter Meetings are underway in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and all 30 MLB clubs have brought their shopping lists to the Sunshine State.

Some teams have already dug in on their holiday shopping, most notably the Angels' acquisition of and the Yankees' pending blockbuster trade for slugger . Now that the two biggest names are coming off the board, the Hot Stove action figures to begin in full force this week.

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As front offices settle into their war rooms,'s beat writers examined each of the 30 teams' biggest needs entering the '17 Winter Meetings:

Angels: The Halos already made one of the biggest splashes so far by winning the Ohtani sweepstakes, but as manager Mike Scioscia stated Saturday, there is still work left to do. Second base, a corner infielder and additional pitching help figure to be the Angels' biggest targets. More >

Astros: The Astros have been quiet so far after capturing their first World Series championship, but look for Houston to target relief pitching going forward. More >

Athletics: The A's management has expressed its desire to add a right-handed-hitting outfielder for weeks now, and that process could accelerate at the Winter Meetings. More >

Blue Jays: Toronto's potential postseason competitors in the American League have already made big moves, and the Blue Jays will need to respond. The Jays will likely look for a corner outfielder, fifth starter and back-end bullpen help. More >

Braves: New general manager and executive vice president Alex Anthopoulos has spent the last several weeks familiarizing himself with the Braves' current personnel. Now he'll likely seek a third baseman or a frontline starter, beginning in full this week in Florida. More >

Brewers: Milwaukee's rebuild accelerated to a year ahead of schedule when it just missed the 2017 postseason. The addition of a frontline starter would signal that the Crew is going for more in 2018. More >

Cardinals: The Redbirds' dreams of acquiring Stanton are in the rearview mirror, and St. Louis' focus will turn toward other impact bats on the free-agent market and filling the team's open closer spot. More >

Cubs: Chicago checked off one box by signing free-agent pitcher , but president of baseball operations Theo Epstein figures to remain aggressive in adding to his rotation. The Cubs' bullpen needs replenishment as well, thanks to ' free agency. More >

D-backs: Arizona looks to be a team on the rise, but the addition of another solid bullpen arm or two and a new catcher are the D-backs' top priorities. J.D. Martinez, who delivered serious power upon arriving in Phoenix last summer, is available for a reunion as well. More >

Dodgers: After falling one game shy of a World Series title, the Dodgers don't have any glaring needs, but Los Angeles could remain opportunistic in adding the final pieces to put them over the top. More >

Giants: San Francisco fell short in the Stanton sweepstakes, so the team's needs remain significant after finishing with baseball's second-worst record. Fortunately, the Winter Meetings should provide the Giants with plenty of opportunities, particularly in the outfield. More >

Indians: The Tribe made a huge splash by signing last winter, yet aspirations remain high for the Indians' first World Series title since 1948. Cleveland has plenty of decisions to make on its former players who are now free agents, including , , and Joe Smith. More >

Mariners: Seattle has been plenty busy already in advance of the Winter Meetings, trading for Dee Gordon and , while just missing out on Ohtani. But general manager Jerry Dipoto figures to always be in the mix, and another handful of impact moves could help the Mariners rise out of the race for the American League Wild Card. More >

Marlins: Miami's payroll trimming has already begun in full by unloading Gordon and Stanton. All-Star left fielder could be dealt next, while relievers and could also be on the trade block. More >

Mets: New York has been quiet since hiring manager Mickey Callaway, but the team has no shortage of needs coming off a disappointing 2017. A setup man for the bullpen appears to be high on the Mets' wish list, as well as a second baseman and a first base/outfield hybrid player. More >

Nationals: Washington made a big splash by acquiring center fielder last winter, but the team's 2018 roster appears to be all but set. Still, the Nats could make some minor tweaks in the back end of their rotation and in their bullpen as they try to get over the hump and advance past the National League Division Series. More >

Orioles: Baltimore clearly needs to bolster its starting rotation. Look for Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette to try to add several quality starters, though the O's are also in the market for left-handed hitters and an improvement on the defensive side. More >

Padres: San Diego didn't end up with Ohtani, and so this up-and-coming club figures to be looking for more pitching -- both in the rotation and in the bullpen. General manager A.J. Preller hasn't been shy in the past when it comes to wheeling and dealing at the Winter Meetings. More >

Phillies: It's no secret that Philadelphia is looking to upgrade its pitching staff. A deal involving shortstop or second baseman could help the Phillies acquire the pitchers they desire. More >

Pirates: Will Pittsburgh look to fortify its current roster, or begin a rebuild? The future of is the Bucs' dominant storyline entering the Winter Meetings, but the Pirates could clearly use a power upgrade should they decide to go for it again in 2018. More >

Rangers: Pitching, pitching and more pitching. The Rangers' biggest need is obvious, and they figure to throw their hats into the ring on several of this offseason's big-name free-agent starters. More >

Rays: Tampa Bay features several players who figure to generate trade interest, from Chris Archer to Alex Colome to . But the Rays' management has proven in the past that they can drive a hard bargain and come away with the players they want, too. More >

Red Sox: The rival Yankees sent shockwaves through baseball with their pending acquisition of Stanton. Now its Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski's turn to respond, and Boston has been linked to a number of impact bats, including and Martinez. Signing one of those players appears to be essential after Boston finished last in the AL in home runs a year ago. More >

Reds: Cincinnati's top brass likes the young roster it has and doesn't appear to be overly compelled to make a splashy move. That being said, the Reds could target pitching depth and a bench player who can play shortstop. More >

Rockies: The young Rockies surprised many with their run to the NL Wild Card Game. Now, general manager Jeff Bridich comes to the Meetings with money to spend on improving his roster for 2018. Look for Bridich to go big on a closer, whether it be re-signing Greg Holland or exploring another marquee name like . More >

Royals: It's a case of "Will they or won't they?" for general manager Dayton Moore and the Royals, as Moore decides whether to begin a rebuild or re-sign free agents Hosmer and Mike Moustakas for another run at glory. Kansas City also figures to look for someone to anchor the back end after Mike Minor signed with the Rangers and struggled in 2017. More >

Tigers: Detroit's rebuild is underway, but the team's management will look for low-risk, high-upside signings to help soften the blow. Veteran players like second baseman will also generate interest from potential suitors, so general manager Al Avila could have some hard decisions to make. More >

Twins: Minnesota was the underdog story after its turnaround run to the AL Wild Card Game, but the Twins are looking to capitalize now on the maturation of their young talent. The Twins' top priority is finding a frontline starter to pair with and young . More >

White Sox: Chicago is still looking for young talent to accelerate its rebuild, but with a robust farm system in place there's not much pressure to make a big move. Adding another veteran presence could be helpful in developing the White Sox exciting young talent. More >

Yankees: Just days ago, the feeling was the Yankees would look to add a starter at the Winter Meetings and make other minor tweaks. That changed in a hurry with the blockbuster trade for Stanton, but the need for a starter remains with veteran  on the free-agent market. More >