With an offseason of trades, signings and re-signings already underway, it behooves us to lay out where each MLB team stands and what its current big-picture objective is as we head toward the winter meetings in Washington, D.C., set for early December. Here is the current landscape, division by division and team by team:
The O's are not expected to have a free-spending offseason like they did a year ago, but they are trying to retain free agent Mark Trumbo following the AL home run champ's 47-homer season. The Orioles are hoping starting pitchers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman continue to develop into top-of-the-rotation starters to go with Chris Tillman; their progress as pitchers will have a lot to do with the Orioles' chances of winning their division next year. You can expect GM Dan Duquette to be more active in January than he will be between now and then because that's when he goes after his signature pickups: undervalued free agents who are left standing.