With the first Spring Training report dates less than six weeks away, we feel reasonably confident asserting that this relative Hot Stove suspension won't last a great deal longer. There are simply too many holes to be filled across the Major League landscape, and at some point the price tags and positions will line up just right.
So here's a refresher on the biggest needs yet to be satisfied going into 2018.
1. Red Sox: A bat
After posting the American League's second-lowest slugging percentage in 2017, Boston's only move has been to bring back Mitch Moreland. You know something else is coming here, and of course J.D. Martinez is the most obvious solution to slide into the primary DH duties.
Perhaps Logan Morrison would make sense as a backup plan.
2. Giants: Outfield help
Evan Longoria alone is not enough to help San Francisco put things back together after a disastrous 2017. After they were unable to sell Giancarlo Stanton on their situation, the Giants still need improved glovework and an improved lineup presence in their outfield.
Though the contract and Draft-pick cost associated with Lorenzo Cain is likely too high, the Giants have been tied to Jay Bruce in the free-agent market and Andrew McCutchen on the trade front.
3. Twins: Front-line starter
Minnesota hopefully patched up its 'pen with Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke, but there is still a screaming need for another reliable arm in the rotation to pair with Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios. The Twins have been tied to Yu Darvish from Day 1 of the offseason, thanks in part to GM Thad Levine's past ties to Darvish in Texas.
If it's not a top-end option like Darvish or Jake Arrieta, the Twins certainly have the budget to add Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn or any of the other second- or third-tier starters in the marketplace.
4. Cardinals: Closer
The Cards landed a big bat in Marcell Ozuna on the trade front (and might still add another bat). Could they still swing another swap with a Florida club and complete the long-rumored Alex Colome deal to build up the bullpen? Or as they did with Luke Gregerson, will the Cards simply pay for 'pen help?
Just saying: Greg Holland's still out there…
5. Brewers: Front-line starter
With Jimmy Nelson out for a while following shoulder surgery, the Brewers went into the winter knowing they'd need rotation help to keep the momentum from their surprising 2017 going. So far, they've added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo, but neither is a surefire solution.
The Brewers have the long-term financial flexibility to make a play for Arrieta or Darvish, and they have the farm-system depth to make a serious run at a starter of the ilk of Chris Archer or Danny Salazar or (within the division, mind you) Gerrit Cole.
6. Mets: Infield help
Absolutely nothing has changed here this winter. They could use an insurance policy for young Dominic Smith at first, and they have a hole to fill at second. Bringing back Neil Walker would make sense strategically but perhaps not financially.
Signing Mike Moustakas or Todd Frazier to play third and moving Asdrubal Cabrera to second would also work but, again, how much are the Mets willing to spend?
7. Cubs: More pitching
Bringing back Wade Davis seemed like a possibility… until it wasn't. Maybe it'll be the same with Arrieta. But one way or another, the Cubs still have work to do on their staff -- particularly the starting staff -- after adding Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Morrow, Steve Cishek and Drew Smyly (who won't be available until 2019, anyway).
Their position-player depth puts them in a strong position in the trade market (the aforementioned Cole, Archer and Salazar), but they also have the room in their budget to accommodate an Arrieta reunion or a Darvish deal.
8. Indians: Bullpen depth
The Tribe signed Yonder Alonso to fill the first-base gap left behind by Carlos Santana, but nothing has been completed to account for the lost relief innings provided by Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith. The bullpen is the only area of the free-agent market that was raided early, but names like Matt Belisle, Seung Hwan Oh, Joaquin Benoit and Sergio Romo are still out there.
The Indians are working with a very limited budget, which makes this situation difficult, but they are entering the walk years of Cody Allen and Andrew Miller, which makes it essential that they maximize their potential in 2018.
9. Rangers: Another starter
Texas has already added Doug Fister, Mike Minor and Matt Moore to its rotation, but it's difficult to know what that all adds up to. The Rangers continue to patrol the market for rotation help, knowing Minor could be transitioned back to the bullpen, where he was very successful in his comeback season with the Royals in '17.
The Rangers have been tied to Texas native Arrieta and old friend Darvish in the rumor mill plenty this winter, but they seem pretty adamant that they're not doling out those kinds of dollars. We'll see. Beyond the Cobb/Lynn tier, bringing back Andrew Cashner is a possibility, and Trevor Cahill, Chris Tillman, Jeremy Hellickson and Clay Buchholz are other options.
10. (tie) Orioles: Starting pitching; Blue Jays: An outfielder
I'd rank these next two teams higher on this list, but there is an obvious gap in projection between the Yankees and Red Sox and everybody else in the American League East, and this winter there have been arguments for trading away Josh Donaldson or Manny Machado that have been every bit as strong as the arguments for adding pieces.
Anyway, if they're going to have any chance of competing, yes, there is work to be done.
The Orioles are coming off a 75-win season and have lost Zach Britton for at least the first half of 2018. So it's hard to label them outright contenders. But until or unless they trade Machado prior to Opening Day, they're not totally punting on the season ahead. To have any chance of surviving in the AL East, the O's need some serious rotation help beyond Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. With a limited budget, they have to focus on the lower tiers, perhaps bringing back Tillman or adding someone like Jason Vargas. Their farm system limits their trade possibilities, too. But searching for diamonds in the rough is nothing new for Dan Duquette.
In terms of pure bodies -- Kevin Pillar, Steve Pearce, Ezequiel Carrera, Anthony Alford, Teoscar Hernandez, Dwight Smith Jr., Ian Parmley, Dalton Pompey, Roemon Fields and Harold Ramirez -- the Blue Jays are stacked with outfielders at the big league and upper levels. But Pillar is the only sure thing among them.
The Blue Jays seem intent to maintain a competitive effort right now, so they need a legitimate outfield bat to replace Jose Bautista and aid the effort. Jay Bruce, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez are possibilities here.
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Anthony Castrovince is a Sports on Earth contributor, MLB.com columnist and MLB Network contributor. Follow him on Twitter @Castrovince.