Thursday, December 4, 2014

2015 NL Central Player Needs By Team

MLB off season needs
Unlike last off season, this one promises to be more newsworthy for the National League Central, and it already has been. Let’s take a look at some of the various needs for each team.

Brewers- The Brewers entered the off season needing to find a first baseman. They did so in trading for Adam Lind from the Blue Jays. They only had to give up Marco Estrada as well, which will be an added bonus for them. They will need to find some more bullpen health, and the return of Tyler Thornburg will help that. Now they won’t be able to afford some of the more pricey bullpen options such as Andrew Miller or David Robertson, but perhaps something like taking a look at Heath Bell and Jared Burton would make sense.

Cardinals- The Cardinals drew first blood this off season when they traded Shelby Miller to the Braves for outfielder Jason Heyward. Now they need to find some starting pitching. They have been linked to all three if the price is right, but don’t expect them to be desperate and overpay for one. They might have interest in someone from the next level such as Ervin Santana or Jake Peavy.

Pirates- The Pirates were in need of a utility man and they got one when they traded for Sean Rodriguez of the Tampa Bay Rays. Now they need to find some starting pitching. Re-signing Francisco Liriano and Edison Volquez will help, but they may need to go a little further. Now they have no shot on this planet of acquiring any of the top three starting pitchers, but they always do well with finding reclamation projects. Josh Johnson, Brett Anderson, and maybe even Brandon Morrow would interest them.

Cubs- The Cubs are expected to be the most active team this off season. They have been linked as front runners to all three starting pitchers, and they want them all. They also are interested in trading for someone like Cole Hamels. If they miss out on someone, expect them to go after the likes of Ervin Santana, Jake Peavy. And possibly even Roberto Hernandez. Bottom line, Theo Epstein has his guns out and he is on the warpath searching for starting pitching.

Reds- The Reds are looking to get their books in order this off season. They have extended several players recently, and have more to extend. They are currently shopping Jay Bruce as they seem finally ready to give up on him becoming what they thought he was going to become. They also have several pitchers due up for raises that they need to figure out which ones to keep and which ones to trade.

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