MLBTR posted a quality assessment of what went wrong this season and what moves the team might make this winter. They speculate that we could re-sign Scott Feldman and I could see that happening. They also suggest that we might re-sign Jason Hammel if his price doesn't go beyond about 7M.
I can't see him getting that kind of money from us, or anyone else. Even the Yankees, who consider themselves contenders and need SP, probably wouldn't pay him that. If Hammel sets his price at about 3M base with incentives taking him up to as much as 10M I could see him pretty much having his pick of teams; including us.
MLBTR suggests we might trade Britton and/or Matusz because they're out of options. I agree; however, I'm not sure I agree with their speculation that we would go after Howie Kendrick. He's a solid enough defender, but though his OBA is about .20 above out pitiful team average from last year he's not really the big leap forward we need. When you're carrying horrible OBA's like Wieters' and Hardy's you really need to pick up the slack someone else.
IMO we need three things to happen this winter to make us a playoff team again next season:
1) acquire one SP capable of giving us at least 200 innings and another one capable of at least 180
2) have our other three SPs come into ST in good enough shape to give us at least 550 innings combined
3) our hitters need to remember that you don't win any prizes for swing at every pitch you see. Some simple plate discipline would make all the difference in the world. Work the count in your favor and you'll see better pitches. Doubt that? Why do you think the Red Sox are in the WS?http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/10/o ... ioles.html