MLB teams are eager to improve their rosters.
Some teams are virtually all set, while others need a few years to fix the franchise.
Others, however, are on the verge of contention, but need immediate help.
These three MLB teams are one major free agent away from fighting for a playoff spot.
3. Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds had a surprisingly good offense in 2021: they were ninth in runs scored, with 786, after being eliminated in the 2020 playoffs by not being able to produce anything at the plate.
At shortstop, however, they can use a sizable improvement.
Kyle Farmer was far from a disaster, with good defense to go with a slightly below-average bat (.263/.316/.416, 16 home runs).
Jose Barrero is a good prospect that may receive an opportunity.
However, this offense could take a massive step forward with a star shortstop.
Maybe the Reds will actually sign a real shortstop this time.
— Matt Williams (@MattWi77iams) October 2, 2021
Any of them would instantly make the Reds serious contenders in the National League Central.
2. Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers have been developing their young pitching staff for years.
Spencer Turnbull was brilliant, with a 2.88 ERA, but required Tommy John surgery and won’t be available in 2022.
The offense, however, was middling, at best.
Detroit ranked 23rd in MLB with 697 runs scored, and if they want to make the leap (they finished 77-85, third in the American League Central) into contender status, they will need bats.
After those names, and Eric Haase, there is not much going on.
But Detroit needs a power bat badly.
A slugger like Castellanos, who has already played in Detroit, would be huge.
Day 2: hey @tigers, today would be a great day to sign Carlos Correa.
Have a great day.
— Josh (@jroddy66) November 5, 2021
1. Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals’ offensive core could explode in 2022.
They definitely need an ace to make the leap.
The Royals, if they want to contend, need to make sure to bring in someone with a moderate-to-high ceiling to their rotation.
That’s the kind of pitcher that can help the Royals return to relevancy in 2022.