With MLB’s Winter Meetings a week away, it’s time to take stock. Over the past few weeks here at The Athletic, we’ve identified the biggest needs of each team after checking in with the front offices and predicted the contracts of the top 25 free agents. Now it’s time to come up with solutions for all 30 teams to fill their most-pressing needs and improve their organizations during the hot stove season, through free agency and/or trades.

On Friday, we started with solutions for the American League teams. Today, it’s the National League’s turn. Here are my thoughts on each team and what I’m hearing in conversations with decision-makers throughout baseball.


Arizona Diamondbacks

Needs: Bullpen, a right-handed hitter, a backup catcher

Free-agent targets: Mike Zunino, C; Omar Narváez, C; Christian Vázquez, C; Tucker Barnhart, C; Curt Casali, C; Roberto Pérez, C; Mitch Haniger, OF; Justin Turner, INF; Jeimer Candelario, 3B; Brian Anderson, 3B/OF

Trade targets: Alejandro Kirk, C; Gabriel Moreno, C; Tyler Soderstrom, C; every available reliever

The Diamondbacks are not expected to move the needle much this offseason, but they do have needs they are trying to fill, starting with upgrading the bullpen. They also want to add a right-handed bat to their lineup and are willing to trade a left-handed-hitting outfielder, such as Jake McCarthy or Alek Thomas, to land one. In addition, Arizona plans to add another catcher via free agency or a trade.


Atlanta Braves

Needs: Shortstop, a starting pitcher, bullpen

Free-agent targets: Dansby Swanson, SS; Xander Bogaerts, SS; Carlos Correa, SS; Trea Turner, SS; Jacob deGrom, RHP; Justin Verlander, RHP; Carlos Rodón, LHP; Kenley Jansen, RHP; Taylor Rogers, LHP; Andrew Chafin, LHP

Trade targets: Bo Bichette, SS; Willy Adames, SS; Scott Barlow, RHP; David Bednar, RHP; Jason Adam, RHP; Dylan Coleman, RHP; Brock Burke, RHP; Tyler Glasnow, RHP

The Braves’ top offseason priority is to re-sign Dansby Swanson. If they can’t reach an agreement with the Gold Glover, they will consider the three other top free-agent shortstops but are unlikely to go to 10 years, $300 million on any of them. The most realistic backup plan is probably Xander Bogaerts, whose invaluable leadership could help Atlanta’s young stars such as Ronald Acuña Jr., Michael Harris II and Vaughn Grissom. The Braves could instead go with Grissom at shortstop, but he still needs to develop. They are always looking for top starting pitchers, but signing Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander or Carlos Rodón is a long shot. They will likely add one or two bullpen pieces before the end of December. The Braves seem comfortable with their internal options for left field, but I’ve also heard they’ll be opportunistic if the right corner outfielder is available.