The MLB offseason is rapidly approaching and we are definitely in for some major changes to the entire dynamic of the league. There is no question that many teams simply underperformed this year, so it is very likely that they are going to be very aggressive when it comes to the offseason and free agency. Each offseason, every team is looking to improve, whether it be in the present or for the future. This year’s free agency class is one that is full of some top name players as well, so we definitely are in for a real treat. It will be something that all fans will need to keep a close eye on as the months pass by.
With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at one signing that each MLB team needs to make this offseason. This year free agency’s class is full of big-name players, so it is likely that every team will have the opportunity to improve upon their rosters. There is no question that many of these free agents are high impact players, so they definitely will be looking for big contracts. Although there is always some risk when it comes to signing players long-term, these teams are going to be aggressive when it comes to building their rosters for the upcoming season.
Nonetheless, let’s look at one player who every team should sign this offseason!
30 Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Pollock
The number one goal of the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason has to be bringing back A.J. Pollock. He was one of their best players this season and is the type of player they need to continue their path to being true contenders.
There is a good chance that Pollock may opt to test the open market, but at the end of the day, the Diamondbacks must try their bests to not allow this to occur. It will be hard for them to replace Pollock, so they need to get this extension done as soon as possible.
29 Atlanta Braves: Craig Kimbrel
Craig Kimbrel is one of the top closers in all of baseball when he is on his game. The Boston Red Sox have benefitted immensely with him in their bullpen, but this postseason definitely has shown him having some inconsistency.
Even with this being the case, there is no question that Kimbrel is going to bank in a very solid contract this offseason. The Atlanta Braves should consider bringing him back to their bullpen because relief pitching is their weakest link at this present time.
28 Baltimore Orioles: Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena is due for a turnaround year next season, especially when looking at how much he struggled this year with the Angels. There is no question that he can do better next season though when seeing his past statistics.
The Orioles are rebuilding and should give Valbuena the chance to thrive again. Playing in Baltimore currently provides not much pressure at all, so it could be the perfect location for Valbuena to find his game once again. He also would come at a fairly cheap price as well.
27 Boston Red Sox: D.J. LeMahieu
The Boston Red Sox are looking like they are going to have a very solid future. After their 108 win season, there is no question that they are going to be at the top of baseball when seeing their core is still young.
However, with Dustin Pedroia’s future in question, the Sox should go out and sign D.J. LeMahieu and make him their starting second baseman. This would help them immensely for their postseason runs and would take the pressure off of Pedroia’s healing process.
26 Chicago Cubs: Bryce Harper
After a very disappointing finish to their season, there is no question that the Chicago Cubs are going to be aggressive when it comes to their offseason. The team will be looking to make a major splash and their best bet is signing Bryce Harper.
With the rise of the Milwaukee Brewers clearly being shown, the Cubs needs Harper to help them move back to the top of the NL Central. What helps them immensely, in this case, is that Harper is very good friends with Cubs’ superstar Kris Bryant.
25 Chicago White Sox: Neil Walker
There is absolutely no question that the Chicago White Sox are going to rebuilding for quite some time. They simply have not shown signs of improvement and this is going to prolong the process immensely. However, they should still sign veterans.After a pretty tough season with the Yankees. Neil Walker is going to be looking for a redemption contract. The White Sox should give the veteran the chance to play there because he has shown signs of immense power in the past and could be a solid acquisition.
24 Cincinnati Reds: Joe Kelly
The Cincinnati Reds are definitely trying to find their team’s identity and this will result in them struggling for a bit longer. They should be a team to look out for during the free agency period though because they do have a very solid amount of money to spend.
The Reds need to pick up some clutch pitchers and they should go after Joe Kelly. Although Kelly is not the biggest of names at this point in time, he has been a very solid piece of the Red Sox’s postseason. The Reds need experienced veterans in their bullpen.
23 Cleveland Indians: Daniel Murphy
The Cleveland Indians cannot be happy with the way their season ended and this will result in them looking to fix their holes this offseason. At the end of the day, it is quite clear that the team simply lacks offensive depth and that needs to change.
The Indians should look to sign Daniel Murphy because he is a seasoned veteran who is extremely consistent with his offensive production. He could give them a much-needed contact bat in their lineup, as well as a player who has been through many postseasons.
22 Colorado Rockies: Curtis Granderson
The Colorado Rockies made some significant progress this season, but they need to be even better next year. Being swept in the NLDS definitely was not the best way to go out, so they are going to look to add some depth this offseason.
The Rockies should go out and sign Curtis Granderson as a utility player for next season. There is no question that Granderson is not the star that he once was, but he would be a great acquisition for his experience and overall leadership as well.
21 Detroit Tigers: Garrett Richards
Although the Detroit Tigers are currently rebuilding, it would be wise of them to try to sign a veteran who can help them improve. The Tigers should take a gamble and sign Garrett Richards. When healthy, he is an extremely reliable pitcher.
Richards has not been able to stay healthy the last three seasons, but he still has been effective with the limited amount of work he has had. There is no question that Richards could end up being a gem in this year’s free agency class and the Tigers should go for it.
20 Houston Astros: Nelson Cruz
The Houston Astros are looking like a potential dynasty in the making and the beauty of this is that their core is pretty locked up. However, there are definitely some little holes that they should look to improve upon this upcoming offseason.
The Astros would be wise to sign Nelson Cruz to be their DH on a one-year contract. Although Cruz is definitely getting up there in age, he is still one of the most productive power hitters in all of baseball. He could truly give them another power bat for their postseason run.
19 Kansas City Royals: Nathan Eovaldi
The Kansas City Royals have completely fallen from grace and are nowhere near the 2015 World Series-winning team. They definitely are looking to change this fact and should aim to be aggressive this offseason to try to regain the weak AL Central division.
The Royals should go out and sign a top-notch pitcher because it is clear that they are struggling in that department. Nathan Eovaldi may be the perfect player for them to sign because he could be their ace and give them some consistency.
18 Los Angeles Angels: Wilson Ramos
The Los Angeles Angels need to build a stronger roster if they ever want to take advantage of the fact that they have the best player in all of baseball with Mike Trout. However, the depth is simply not there and they are not able to compete with the AL West.
The Angels should go out and sign a true leader, so Wilson Ramos appears to be their best bet. The Angels definitely could use a top-notch catcher behind the plate and Ramos would provide them that.
17 Los Angeles Dodgers: Clay Buchholz
The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking very solid right now and they definitely are going to keep this going for a handful of years at least. This offseason, the team should look to bring in another solid arm to their rotation to help their depth.
The Dodgers should go out and sign Clay Buchholz to a one-year contract because he had a solid turnaround year with the Diamondbacks this season. If he is able to replicate his statistics from this year in LA, the Dodgers could truly become unstoppable.
16 Miami Marlins: Matt Harvey
The Miami Marlins are definitely in a rebuilding period, but they should look to sign a veteran or two this offseason. Younger players need to learn from experienced ones so they can develop their games in a much more productive manner.
The Marlins should look to sign Matt Harvey because he looked very solid after being traded to the Reds. There is always the chance that Harvey could replicate the production he had during his earlier stages in the MLB as well, so it would be wise to give him a chance.
15 Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy
The Milwaukee Brewers definitely had a spectacular season this year and they appear to have a very bright future as well. The team should definitely look to make upgrades to their weakest positions this offseason via free agency.
The Brewers should look to sign Jonathan Lucroy as their starting catcher for next season. Given the fact that he has already played there before, as well as having a lot of success with his leadership skills, this could end up being the perfect signing for them.
14 Minnesota Twins: Andrew McCutchen
The Minnesota Twins need to regroup from their abysmal 2018 season and look to bring in players who can make a bigger impact this offseason. As previously stated, the AL Central is a weak division, so they do stand a shot at making the playoffs with changes.
The Twins should sign veteran Andrew McCutchen to provide them with some very solid depth. There is no question that McCutchen is no longer the star he once was, but he still is very productive and would give them a great leader for their young stars.
13 New York Mets: Zach Britton
The New York Mets had such a horrible season this year that management must be considering starting a rebuilding phase. Aside from their two top pitchers, the team simply did not produce in any manner and that is why some massive changes are coming.
When it comes to free agency, it is hard to believe that the Mets are going to be aggressive with their looming problems. However, they should look to bring in a relief pitcher like Zach Britton to slowly stop the bleeding of their late-game struggles.
12 New York Yankees: Dallas Keuchel
If the New York Yankees are going to win a World Series soon, they ultimately need to make some major upgrades to their starting rotation. They definitely have one of the best offenses in all of baseball, but their pitching is what sunk them this season.
The Yankees should use their plethora of cash to sign a legitimate ace. Dallas Keuchel is the player that should be jumping out to them because he is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball and may have priced himself out of Houston as well.
11 Oakland Athletics: Andrew Miller
The Oakland Athletics were definitely the biggest surprise of this season and they are going to look to improve upon their spectacular year. There is no question that the Athletics are a low budget team, so they never go too crazy during free agency.
However, the team should look to bring in Andrew Miller this offseason because it will give them a spectacular arm in their bullpen. There is no question that the Athletics are looking to be long-term contenders and this could be the perfect move to allow that to occur.
10 Philadelphia Phillies: Manny Machado
The Philadelphia Phillies had a very solid season this year, but they essentially fell off at the end. That is perfectly okay however because literally, nobody expected them to even be close to being contenders. However, they need to make upgrades this offseason.
The Phillies have been linked to Manny Machado and they should absolutely offer him a massive contract to make the deal occur. The Phillies need a franchise star to carry them over the top and Machado is the perfect fit to allow this.
9 Pittsburgh Pirates: Lance Lynn
The Pittsburgh Pirates are heading in the right direction and this definitely is surprising when seeing that they traded away their stars last offseason. However, after a pretty solid year, they now have an ace in Chris Archer to carry them.
The Pirates should look to continue on becoming a stronger team, and signing Lance Lynn could be a smart move to help with this. Lynn had some struggles this season, but when he is on his game, he is a very solid pitcher who can help any team.
8 San Diego Padres: Asdrúbal Cabrera
The San Diego Padres were at the bottom of the NL West yet again this season and that was truly disappointing after their massive Eric Hosmer signing last offseason. They definitely need to be busy again this offseason if they hope to change their fortunes.
The Padres should look to sign Asdrubal Cabrera this offseason because he is coming off a very solid year and he could be an effective veteran for them. Cabrera is not necessarily the flashiest of names available, but he is a very consistent player.
7 San Francisco Giants: Nick Markakis
The San Francisco Giants are truly in a panic mode at this present time and are looking to become contenders again. This season was a complete disaster for them and it is clear that the future is not looking very bright for them at this present time.
The Giants should go out and sign Nick Markakis this offseason because he is a seasoned veteran who is coming off of a spectacular season. Although there is a bit of a risk in this, it would be wise for them to have a leader in the dugout.
6 Seattle Mariners: Adam Jones
The Seattle Mariners just missed out on making the postseason this year, so they should look to be aggressive this offseason. They need to find a way to carry themselves to the top of the AL West, but that obviously is a very challenging task.
The Mariners should look to add some depth to their roster and they can do this by signing Adam Jones. Jones started his career in Seattle before truly taking off with the Orioles. Although not a huge name, he would be a solid pickup nonetheless.
5 St. Louis Cardinals: Josh Donaldson
The St. Louis Cardinals were just inches away from making the postseason this year. They definitely will be hungry when it comes to the free agency period because of this clear fact, so they are a team that we all should look out for.
Although he is coming off of an injury-plagued season, Josh Donaldson could be the perfect acquisition for them. There is no question that the team has always been interested in him and if he can regain his MVP form, it would be the perfect signing.
4 Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Gattis
The Tampa Bay Rays quietly had a spectacular season this year and even managed to win 90 games. The reason why this is amazing for them is that they are currently in a rebuilding phase and traded away a lot of their veterans during the regular season.
The future is clearly bright in Tampa Bay, but they should look to add a little bit of pop into their lineup to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox. With that being stated, it would be smart of them to sign Evan Gattis. He is a very solid power bat with World Series experience.
3 Texas Rangers: J.A. Happ
Everything is looking rough for the Texas Rangers right now and it is clear that they are going to in the midst of a rebuilding period. However, even though this is the case, they should look to bring in a few free agents to see if that can help them.
The Rangers should look to add an arm to their rotation and J.A. Happ could be the perfect player for them to add. He is coming off a very solid season and could give them some stability in their rotation, which is obviously something that they desperately need.
2 Toronto Blue Jays: Drew Pomeranz
The Toronto Blue Jays are officially rebuilding and this was evidenced by them being sellers at the trade deadline this season. There is no question that they simply need to revamp their roster at this time and they could be in for some rough years.
The Blue Jays should look to sign a few players this offseason even with this being the case. Drew Pomeranz could be an interesting signing because even though he struggled immensely this season, he has been dominant in other years as well.
1 Washington Nationals: Brian Dozier
The Washington Nationals are likely going to lose Bryce Harper this offseason because they were unable to agree to an extension. Although this is the case, the team definitely is going to try to be contenders, so they should be aggressive this offseason.
The Nationals would be wise to sign Brian Dozier this offseason. Although he is coming off a year where he struggled, when he is on his game, he is one of the top power bats in the league. A one-year deal would be a low-risk, high-reward type of signing, so they should consider it.