May 16, 2021

Sarris: The biggest remaining MLB team needs and how to fill them (The Athletic)

The dust is settling on the free-agent market, and you can count on one hand the number of unsigned players projected to be above average. But if you look at the top two-thirds of the league — the teams that could consider themselves contenders — it’s surprising to see some glaring holes remain. Let’s try to patch those up.

For the purposes of this article, a “hole” is a position on a top-20 team that is projected to give its team bottom-10 value. The easiest way to see these pop out yourself is to sort the FanGraphs depth charts by total Wins Above Replacement — the single stat that is most tightly correlated with team wins — and then look for numbers under one, since two wins are shorthand for league average.

These are the spots that emerge when you follow that chain of thought:

Nationals, second base

The Nationals are the highest-ranked team with two positions projected to produce less than a win next year — first…

Read “Sarris: The biggest remaining MLB team needs and how to fill them” at The Athletic