June 25, 2021

The Biggest Holes on Contending Teams, Part One: The Infield (FanGraphs)

The offseason is a time for dreaming, for picturing your team getting better. Anyone could sign Gerrit Cole or Anthony Rendon. Anyone could trade for Mookie Betts. The world is everyone’s oyster.

But it never lasts, naturally. The Yankees sign Cole, and the superposition of every team potentially having Cole at the front of the rotation collapses. The Angels sign Rendon and the Twins sign Josh Donaldson, and third base becomes a weakness instead of being one signature away from a strength.

With the free agency market now winding down (the top remaining free agent is probably Yasiel Puig), rosters feel pretty solidified. That doesn’t mean that Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, or Nolan Arenado can’t headline a trade tomorrow and alter some team’s fate. But it does mean that for the most part, what you see is what you get.

That said, there’s always hope for an upgrade. There are a few free agents left, and the trade market’s doors are always open. Let’s take a team-by-team look at which positions are the weak points on contenders. I arbitrarily drew the cutoff line for contention at 20 teams — so if you’re a fan of the Marlins, Pirates, Giants, Rockies, Blue…

Read “The Biggest Holes on Contending Teams, Part One: The Infield” at FanGraphs