Chicago Cubs – Biggest need: Centerfielder
It is extremely difficult to find a weakness on the Cubs roster, but if there is one weakness then it is probably in centerfield. Albert Almora Jr. figures to see the most time at that position next season. However, the team did sign Jon Jay as well this offseason to split time with Almora in center field. Neither Jay or Almora Jr. are good options in centerfield, but it won’t be easy to find a player that can start everyday at that position.
Cincinnati Reds – Biggest need: Bullpen
The Cincinnati Reds have many weaknesses, but their bullpen is probably the biggest mystery that the team has heading into next season. Raisel Iglesias figures to be the team’s closer in 2017, but he has limited experience at that position. Iglesias was a starting pitcher not too long ago and it will be interesting to see how well he does as the closer for the Reds. However, the Reds don’t have much besides him as Blake Wood and Tony Cingrani appear to be the setup guys for Iglesias. There are still some decent bullpen options that are available like Drew Storen and they should at least sign somebody to make their bullpen decent.
Milwaukee Brewers – Biggest need: Catcher
Milwaukee has three average catchers with Manny Pina, Andrew Susac, and Jett Bandy. However, none of those guys stands out as being a good starting catcher for the Brewers and they need to find at least somebody to fill that role. I don’t believe the Brewers will make any more moves at the position, but it will be a weakness if Pina is their starting catcher in 2017.
Pittsburgh Pirates – Biggest need: 1st base
The Pirates have a relatively strong roster, so it’s difficult to find a need. However, 1st base could be a concern for the team heading into the 2017 season. John Jaso did a decent job as the starter at 1st base last season, although Josh Bell is projected to be the new 1st baseman in 2017. Bell doesn’t have much MLB experience as he only has 128 at-bats, but it is a mystery how well he will handle being the everyday 1st baseman. At least Pittsburgh has Jaso as a fallback option if Bell doesn’t work out at 1st base.
St. Louis Cardinals – Biggest need: 2nd base
St. Louis didn’t get much consistency out of starting 2nd baseman Kolten Wong last season as he only hit .240 with 5 home runs. They are hoping that he can begin to play like he did a couple of years ago. However, if he doesn’t then they at least have a really good backup 2nd baseman with Jedd Gyorko who hit 30 home runs last season. Don’t expect St. Louis to add anything to the position, yet Wong needs to be more consistent to help the Cardinals.