Top remaining needs for contenders
December, 8, 2013
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
AP Photo/John MinchilloThe Yankees could look to deal Brett Gardner in order to improve their starting pitching.ORLANDO, Fla. -- A lot of teams filled needs in recent weeks, which is why you wouldn’t blame Boston GM Ben Cherington and St. Louis GM John Mozeliak if they spent some of the time here sipping fruity drinks with umbrellas. Their winter work is mostly done.
But many teams have a lot of work to do, which is why executives anticipate a lot of discussion at the winter meetings. The biggest holes to fill for teams that want to view themselves as serious contenders in 2014:
1. Angels: starting pitching
Right now, their rotation consists of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards. Joe Blanton is under contract, but it’s unclear whether the Angels would give him another shot after his disastrous 2013 season.