The season is not so far along that, no matter where your team is, there isn’t a chance to recover.
With that in mind, let’s look at a quick fix for every team in baseball -- a way to help one of their deficiencies so far, or at least aid the team over the next few months. There’s so much baseball left. We have only just begun.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays: Get George Springer healthy
Sure, I make it sound so easy, but still: The Blue Jays have hung in admirably despite not having their top offseason addition to help out a lineup that’s not quite as deep as everyone was planning on. But eventually, they’re going to need Springer. How much longer can they hold on without him?
Orioles: Call up Adley Rutschman
So Jarred Kelenic is up now. The gauntlet has been thrown, the floodgates have been opened. It is almost time for Adley. (Of course, in order to be called up directly to the Majors this year, players must already be in Triple-A, so the Orioles should move Rutschman up from Double-A soon to make this happen.)
Rays: Call up Wander Franco
I swear, not every one of these will involve demanding a team bring up their top-shelf prospect. But no team has a quicker fix more readily available to them than the Rays do. To wit: Franco has a .959 OPS at Triple-A and is considered the game’s best prospect … Rays shortstop Willy Adames has a .546 OPS.
Red Sox: Figure out first base
The Bobby Dalbec story was a little cuter when the Red Sox weren’t thought to be a major contender and you could just watch the kid try to figure it out in the big leagues. But now the Red Sox need to hold onto first place, and they need, at the very least, a league-average first baseman to do it.
Yankees: Iron out the rotation
The Yankees’ strategy of give-yourself-as-many-rotation-options-as-possible hasn’t necessarily been a bad one; Gerrit Cole has been great, and Jordan Montgomery, Corey Kluber and Domingo Germán have been perfectly respectable pitchers. But they’re not going to get a true run going until they can count on that every game … which is another sign that Jameson Taillon (5.40 ERA) needs to get it going, and fast.