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Written by Todd Zola   
Sunday, 09 December 2012 13:45

December 6

Arizona Diamondbacks

NEEDS: One more bat, likely for 3rd or OF with Martin Prado playing the other spot. Just don't see Matt Davidson as the answer yet.

UP FOR GRABS: Didi Gregorius has the shortstop gig but Chris Owings is challenging. The outfield will again be by committee but depends whether someone is brought in. Closer up for grabs with a healthy JJ Putz the favorite with Brad Ziegler ready to step in and David Hernandez saying don't forget about me.

Atlanta Braves

NEEDS: Positions set assuming Dan Uggla is trusted again, Probably could use a veteran reserve for the infield. Starters solid but they're young and not deep so a veteran swingman could be brought in. Could use some help in set-up relief.

UP FOR GRABS: If Christian Bethancourt doesn't get the bat knocked out of his hands in the spring, he may challenge for a spot since Evan Gattis can dabble in the outfield.

Chicago Cubs

NEEDS: A guy that can shag flies in center would be at the top of the Cubs' list. They could possibly go outside the organization for a third baseman. At least one veteran innings eater is needed along with (maybe) a closer.

UP FOR GRABS: If no third baseman is brought in,will the Cubs keep Luis Valbuena et. al. holding down the fort until either Mike Olt or Kris Snyder is ready? Closer is up for grabs and may not be on the roster currently.

ON THE BLOCK: Jeff Samardzija

Cincinnati Reds

NEEDS: A center fielder is needed; question is whether Billy Hamilton is the answer. The other area of concern is second if Brandon Phillips is indeed headed out of town. Starting pitching depth is also on the docket.

UP FOR GRABS: As a Chris Heisey fan, I'd like to see left go to the best man but it's probably Ryan Ludwick in the lead.

ON THE BLOCK: Brandon Phillips

Colorado Rockies

NEEDS: While there are internal candidates, an outfieder could be brought in to play left.

UP FOR GRABS: As the team stands, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson will fight Brandon Barnes for the final outfield spot. Second base is a battle with Josh Rutledge and DJ Lemahiu. Lots of bodies, not sure who emerges from the starting pitchers. LaTroy Hawkins has been named closer but Rex Brothers begs to differ.

Los Angelos Dodgers

NEEDS: Third baseman (unless Hanley Ramirez moves back then a shortstop is necessary). Reserve infielder (that could be fantasy relevant since who knows if Alexander Guerrero will hit the ground running and if Hanley will stay healthy).

UP FOR GRABS: Other than left-side of the infield, everything is pretty well set.

ON THE BLOCK: Maybe not on the block but offers being considered for Matt Kemp

Miami Marlins

NEEDS: Could use a bonafide third baseman though there are a number of able bodies. Staff could use a veteran presence to chew up innings.

UP FOR GRABS: The hot corner is open with Greg Dobbs, Ed Lucas and maybe Derek Dietrich vying for at bats.

ON THE BLOCK: Logan Morrison

Milwaukee Brewers

NEEDS: Maybe a first baseman to upgrade Juan Francisco. Starting pitching to fortify the back-end of the rotation. Bullpen needs an upgrade.

UP FOR GRABS: Second base batter between Rickie Weeks and Scooter Gennett. Barring bringing someone in, first base tussle with Juan Francisco and Sean Halton. Left field assumed to be Khris Davis but Caleb Gindl could take some at bats. Jim Henderson incumbent but likely in for a fight.

New York Mets

NEEDS: Maybe a shortstop to upgrade Ruben Tejada. Perhaps a closer depending on Bobby Parnell's recovery.

UP FOR GRABS: Well, you don't sign Curtis Granderson and Chris Young to sit so that leaves Juan Lagares as the likely third but Eric Young and Lucas Duda may disagree.

ON THE BLOCK: Daniel Murphy

Philadelphia Phillies

NEEDS: Could use some bullpen help.

UP FOR GRABS: The assumption is Domonic Brown plays regularly but John Mayberry and Darin Ruf are lurking.

ON THE BLOCK: Jonathan Papelbon

Pittsburgh Pirates

NEEDS: Possibly an upgrade too or a platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez at first - same for Jordy Mercer at shortstop.

UP FOR GRABS: The aforementioned first and short depending on moves but the real battle will be right field with Jose Tabata and Travis Snider.

San Diego Padres

NEEDS: Pretty well set with quantity, quality different story,

UP FOR GRABS: A lot depends on Cameron Maybin but there's Chris Denorfia, Seth Smith, Maybin, Kyle Blanks, Jesus Guzman, Carlos Quentin and Will Venable for the outfield.

ON THE BLOCK: Chase Headley and Huston Street

San Francisco Giants

NEEDS: A big outfield bat (likely in left) would be really helpful.

UP FOR GRABS: Right now it looks like Gregor Blanco in left and Angel Pagan in center but if a bat is acquired, they could compete for the other spot.

St. Louis Cardinals

NEEDS: While another acquisition is possible, there's an able body in each spot.

UP FOR GRABS: Kolten Wong and Daniel Descalso should compete for second.

Washington Nationals

NEEDS: Nothing pressing.

UP FOR GRABS: Nate McLouth is slated to be the 4th outfielder but could force a time-share with Denard Span.

December 1

Arizona Diamondbacks

CATCHER: Miguel Montero is back with Tuffy Gosewich and Blake Lalli fighting for backup.

INFIELD: Keeping in mind Martin Prado can play anywhere, Matt Davidson could play third pushing Prado to the OF. An interesting battle is brewing at SS with Didi Gregarious and Chris Owings, though maybe not this season. 

OUTFIELD: If Prado plays third someone would be acquired or Gerardo Parra, Adam Eaton, Cody Ross and Prado can all get at bats with A.J. Pollock biding more time.

STARTERS: Solid front three then a health question with Brandon McCarthy and the hope one of the kids (Randall Delgado or Tyler Skaggs) emerges. Then there's Daniel Hudson.

BULLPEN: My money's on JJ Putz to be given first crack despite late season success from Brad Ziegler.

Atlanta Braves

CATCHER: Can Evan Gattis really catch full time? Keep an eye on Christian Bethancourt -- glove's ready. Gerald Laird decent stopgap.

INFIELD: Will be interesting to follow second base - recall Dan Uggla was left off playoff roster for Elliot Johnson. The rest is set.

OUTFIELD: Will BJ Upton bounce back? Will someone be brought in? The key could be Bethancourt. If he's ready, Gattis could play left.

STARTERS: Solid youngsters but what else is new? Alex Wood and perhaps Julio Teheran may have innings limited so someone else will have to help.  A veteran may be brought in or David Hale may be called on at some point.

BULLPEN: Craig Kimbrel still the best.Support good but not great. Jonny Venters return is key.

Chicago Cubs

CATCHER: Welingtin Castillo is the bell-cow with George Kottaras the backup.

INFIELD: Third base still a question. Will Luis Valbuena continue to be stopgap until Mike Olt or Kris Bryant is ready? Will Mat Gamel step in? Josh Vitters?

OUTFIELD: Assuming Junior Lake plays regularly, another full-timer is needed.

STARTERS: Capable veterans up front but no upside. The hope is Jake Arrieta continues to mature. Chris Rusin has the last spot but could be displaced if the Cubs want another veteran.

BULLPEN: Pedro Strop has earned a look at closer but I'm not handing him the role.

Cincinnati Reds

CATCHER: Ater bringing in Brayan Pena, the plan is to deal Ryan Hanigan hoping Devin Mesoraco turns potential into potency.

INFIELD: Is Brandon Phillips really on the block? No questions otherwse.

OUTFIELD: Big question is whether Billy Hamilton steps in at center or if the Reds loos elsewhere to replace Shin-Soo Choo.

STARTERS: Until it is officially announced otherwise, mumbles of Aroldis Chapman starting swirl. Assuming he doesn't, the starting five are set nonetheless.

BULLPEN: We're rolling with Chapman here. Marshall's return is a big boost.

Colorado Rockies

CATCHER: Wilin Rosario's bat plays but his defense may move him from behind the dish - for now he's still the receiver.

INFIELD: Michael Cuddyer can play first or right. As of now, it looks like Cuddyer at first (Kyle Parker is an intriguing flyer). Left side set but second up for grabs with Josh Rutledge and DJ LeMahieu.

OUTFIELD: Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson may battle it out in right or the Rox can sign someone (or a first baseman).

STARTERS: Lots of mediocrity.

BULLPEN: Brandon League called LaTroy Hawkins and suggested he hold off ordering business cards saying "Closer of the Rockies." Kenley Jansen called Rex Brothers and advised he should order them, he'll need them later.

Los Angeles Dodgers

CATCHER: AJ Ellis continues to fend of Tim Federowicz

INFIELD: At least one hole unless Dee Gordon is the shortstop with Hanley Ramirez sliding back to third. The assumption is Alexander Guerrero steps right in at second.

OUTFIELD: Health of Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford key (yeah, you paid for that nugget). 

STARTERS: If your biggest concern is whether Josh Beckett can return to form, things are good.

BULLPEN: Kenley Jansen good as advertised but could use some help in the late innings. The arms are there, need consistency.

Miami Marlins

CATCHER: Time share with Jeff Mathis and Rob Brantly.

INFIELD: First and short set. There are bodies for second and third (Ed Lucas, Derek Dietrich, Donovan Solano, Greg Dobbs, Chris Coghlan) but bringing someone in isn't out of the realm.

OUTFIELD: Two spots set with Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton. Justin Ruggiano could take a big piece of the third or perhaps Marcell Ozuna. They could also bring someone in.

STARTERS: Jose Fernandez and the rest -- some talent there but a veteran presence would be nice.

BULLPEN: Steve Cishek was lights out the second half and should be the guy to start 2014.

Milwaukee Brewers

CATCHER: Jonathan Lucroy is LuRock.

INFIELD: First could be handled internallu with Juan Francsico and Khris Davis or they could bring in a stick. Second up for grabs with Scooter Gennett and Rickie Weeks.

OUTFIELD: Will Braun be accepted back? Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki

STARTERS: If the Brewers want to contend, they need some help. That said, they have some interesting young arms. I do expect an innings eater to be brought in.

BULLPEN: Jim Henderson inherted the job but he's not a lock to keep it.

New York Mets

CATCHER: Stud prospect Travis d'Arnaud is on the clock.

INFIELD: Another chance for Ike Davis? Looking for a SS to upgrade Ruben Tejada.

OUTFIELD: They didn't pay Chris Young to sit. Eric Young looked surprisingly good but an upgrade is possible. Lucas Duda should platoon at the very least.

STARTERS: Solid middle of the rotation sorts with Dillon Gee and Jon Niese. Future ace in rehabbing TJS. Need some help to bridge arrival of more prospects - expect one, maybe two arms to be brought in.

BULLPEN: On hold until the spring to see if Bobby Parnell is recovered.

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