For MLB groups that did not go far into the postseason — and those who did not get there in any respect — there’s solely a lot time to spend on reflection earlier than beginning in on figuring out what they should get carried out throughout the offseason. Whether or not it is re-signing a key free agent, addressing a key weak point that undermined their bid to win in 2020 or investigating a giant commerce that would flip round their fortunes, we take a look at the precedence gadgets on each crew’s agenda heading into sizzling range season.
Eradicated NL playoff groups
It is arduous to understand how 2020 will have an effect on the numbers, however Javier Baez wasn’t removed from signing a deal earlier than baseball shut down in March. That wasn’t lengthy after Christian Yelich signed for 9 years and $215 million with the Brewers. Baez will not get that a lot, although the Cubs would possibly like a prolonged deal to unfold out the annual hit.Where Cubs go next
The rotation carried the crew in 2020, however there is no such thing as a means the Reds will have the ability to afford to maintain Trevor Bauer, who performed for $17 million and will command $30 million on a one-year contract in free company. He has stated he plans to signal solely one-year offers to maximise his annual salaries.Reds face big questions
Reaching the playoffs wasn’t the one shock the Fish had in retailer for 2020 — they eradicated the Cubs earlier than getting taken down by the Braves. However are they able to afford a long-lasting transfer into the ranks of the contenders?Building on a surprise
Will they commerce nearer Josh Hader? The Brewers gauged curiosity in him earlier than this season’s commerce deadline as his manufacturing is quietly — and typically not so quietly — falling. His strikeout-to-walk ratio dropped from 6.9 in 2019 to three.1 in 2020.Can Brewers keep contending?
Veteran starter Adam Wainwright will probably be a free agent, in addition to catcher Yadier Molina, who instructed ESPN in April he’ll play in 2021 after scrapping his plans to retire. This places strain on the crew to re-sign them, as each are fan favorites.What’s next for the Birds
A breakthrough season for the Pads’ enviable assortment of expertise may need come a yr early, however that makes questions on their rotation and the way forward for Fernando Tatis Jr. that rather more pressing to reply this winter.Padres’ to-do list as contenders
Eradicated AL playoff groups
The White Sox in all probability have been a yr forward of schedule in making the postseason in 2020, however it nonetheless stings to get knocked out after three video games, a lot much less dropping the primary winner-take-all sport in franchise historical past. The place do they go from right here?Sox winter agenda
Will they commerce Francisco Lindor? This is not simply Cleveland’s largest query, however one of many largest questions of the complete offseason. Given the current trades of Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Mike Clevinger, we all know Cleveland will deal star gamers earlier than they hit free company — regardless of the potential competitiveness of the crew. With Lindor coming into his closing season earlier than free company, the rumors will probably be sizzling and warmer all offseason.Cleveland’s priorities
The four-year, $92 million contract the Twins gave to Josh Donaldson final winter is a large funding for the crew. The deal was a big gamble that the Donaldson who yearly performed in 150-plus video games for many of his profession was not the participant who could not keep on the sector in 2017 and 2018. Do they want a contingency plan for 2021?Upgrading a contender
After dropping to the Rays to increase their title drought to 11 years, the Yankees face robust questions on what they need to just do to get again on prime of their very own division. Can they add pitching depth? And may they determine what to do with Gary Sanchez?Yanks can’t let it ride
Earlier than dropping within the ALDS, the A’s gained their first postseason collection since 2006. However can they construct on that this winter contemplating what number of free brokers they stand to lose? And what occurs if they cannot persuade Marcus Semien to stay round to man shortstop?A’s face high turnover
Whereas they actually benefited from the expanded playoff discipline, the Blue Jays have been a nice shock in making it to the postseason for the primary time since 2016 behind an thrilling younger core of place gamers. Their keep did not final lengthy. What’s subsequent?How Jays build from this