This week, it looks like each team’s MLB website was assigned to write a Winter Meeting Checklist and a story about the team’s biggest need. Of course, since they are the official sites, they have to sugar-coat the situation a little. I think these headlines merit a little translation.
Cardinals : “Cardinals Looking for More Pitching”
Translation :Â We’re looking for the next wash-up or second rate reliever for Dave Duncan to turn into a star.
Reds : “Reds go to Meetings looking for pitching”
Translation : Anything we can do to be more like the Cardinals.
Brewers : “Melvin looking at many options for Brewers”
Translation : Option 1: find enough decent relievers to restock bullpen. Option 2: drink more beer.
Astros : “Astros seeking closer, help at second”
Translation :Â If Clemens won’t come out of retirement as a starting pitcher, maybe he’d like to try second base.
Cubs : “Cubs hope to upgrade offense”
Translation : We really think it’s enough to bring back Kerry Wood.
Pirates :Â “Pirates to play it by ear at Winter Meetings”
Translation : We have no idea what we’re doing.