This week’s original features from the MLBTR staff:
- Mark Polishuk explored what a potential contract extension might look like for Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez, who’s in the midst of his third straight excellent season.
- The Braves and Padres haven’t been relevant to the National League playoff race this year, but that doesn’t mean their seasons have been completely devoid of positives. Jason Martinez highlighted the clubs’ five biggest bright spots of 2016 (ATL, SD).
- Steve Adams analyzed the three biggest needs the Twins will have to address during the offseason, and Jeff Todd did the same with the Rays and Diamondbacks (MIN, TB, ARZ).
- Jeff broke down the free agent stock of Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales, whom Jeff doesn’t expect to receive a qualifying offer.
- Considering Neil Walker recently underwent back surgery, Steve polled readers on whether the Mets should extend the consistently solid second baseman a qualifying offer after the season.