Sea­sons in re­view:

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Con­tribut­ing: Mau­reen Mullen, Danny Kno­bler, John Per­rotto, Tom Kraso­vic

What might be next for 30 teams.

Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 82-80, 3rd, NL West

What now: Af­ter a Septem­ber col­lapse, the Di­a­mond­backs could lose two key play­ers — cen­ter fielder A.J. Pol­lock and left-han­der Pa­trick Corbin — to free agency. Corbin, 29, was 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and a ca­reerbest ad­justed ERA. Pol­lock, who’ll be 31 in De­cem­ber, has ex­ceeded 115 games just once in five years but is the team’s sec­ond-best all-around player.

Off­sea­son fo­cus: The front of­fice has to ac­count for not only Pol­lock and Corbin but also the long-term fu­ture of peren­nial MVP can­di­date Paul Gold­schmidt. His 2019 team op­tion is a bud­get-friendly $14.5 mil­lion; it might be time, though, to see if a long-term deal can hap­pen. He just turned 31. Prospects to watch: Ari­zona placed one prospect, right-han­der Jon Du­plantier at No. 48, in Base­ball Amer­ica’s top 100. Catcher Daulton Varsho was rated the No. 10 prospect in the high Class A Cal­i­for­nia League.

At­lanta Braves 90-72, 1st, NL East

What now: For the first time since 2013 and just the sec­ond since 2005, the Braves are Na­tional League East cham­pi­ons. They’ll en­ter the post­sea­son with plenty to gain and al­most noth­ing to lose, as a young team ar­riv­ing ahead of sched­ule and al­ready ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions. No mat­ter what, this will be the year out­fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and sec­ond base­man

Ozzie Al­bies be­came stars and the Braves got back in the hunt.

Off­sea­son fo­cus: The big­gest free agent de­ci­sions will in­volve out­fielder Nick Markakis and right-han­der Ani­bal Sanchez. But the big­ger fo­cus for the Braves will be on how they can build on their 2018 suc­cess.

Prospects to watch: Most of the Braves’ young pitch­ers got at least a look in 2018, in­clud­ing Mike Soroka, Bryse Wil­son, Touki Tous­saint and Kyle Wright. Watch for third base­man Austin Ri­ley in the spring.

Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 47-115, 5th, AL East

What now: Af­ter a his­tor­i­cally bad year, the Ori­oles go into the off­sea­son with many more ques­tions than an­swers. Among the most im­por­tant: Who will be the gen­eral man­ager and man­ager, with the con­tracts of both Dan Du­quette and Buck Showal­ter end­ing? Who­ever gets those jobs will have a busy win­ter — the Ori­oles face a ros­ter over­haul.

Off­sea­son fo­cus: You name it and the Ori­oles must deal with it, es­pe­cially in terms of the pitch­ing staff. Septem­ber was like a try­out camp. Other than cen­ter fielder Cedric Mullins, who pushed veteran Adam

Jones to right field, the new­com­ers did not of­fer many an­swers. Jones is a free agent.

Prospects to watch: Mullins ar­rived in Au­gust and gave the Ori­oles rea­son to be op­ti­mistic about his fu­ture. It re­mains to be seen, though, what they can ex­pect from the 15 play­ers they got in mid­sea­son trades.

Bos­ton Red Sox 108-54, 1st, AL East

What now: The Red Sox had a his­tor­i­cally out­stand­ing reg­u­lar sea­son, won their third straight di­vi­sion ti­tle and have two MVP can­di­dates, Mookie

Betts and J.D. Martinez. But if they bow out of the post­sea­son in the Di­vi­sion Se­ries, as they have the last two years, it will feel like a fail­ure. Off­sea­son fo­cus: Closer Craig Kim­brel is the most prom­i­nent of Bos­ton’s free agents. If the Red Sox don’t bring him back, they will need to find a re­place­ment with­out an ap­par­ent heir in house. The rest of the bullpen also needs work.

Prospects to watch: Keep an eye on in­field­ers Michael Chavis and Bobby Dal­bec and left­handers Jay Groome, mak­ing his way back from Tommy John el­bow surgery in May, and Dar­win­zon Her­nan­dez. First base­man Sam Travis shows prom­ise de­spite strug­gling in lim­ited ma­jor league op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Chicago Cubs 95-68, 2nd, NL Cen­tral

What now: The Cubs made the post­sea­son for the fourth time in four sea­sons since Joe

Mad­don be­came man­ager. How­ever, af­ter build­ing a fiveg­ame lead on Sept. 2, the Cubs lost to the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers in a tiebreaker for the di­vi­sion ti­tle and set­tled for a wild card.

Off­sea­son fo­cus: The Cubs have de­ci­sions to make about 2019 club op­tions on left-han­ders Cole Hamels ($20 mil­lion) and Jose Quin­tana ($10.5 mil­lion). They could stand to add an­other starter even if both pitch­ers are re­tained. Shor­ing up the bullpen will be an­other pri­or­ity. Short­stop Ad­di­son

Rus­sell’s fu­ture is cloudy af­ter he fin­ished the sea­son on ad­min­is­trate leave fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Prospect to watch: Righthander Ad­bert Al­zo­lay likely would have made his ma­jor league de­but this year if his sea­son hadn’t been ended in May by a torn lat mus­cle.

Chicago White Sox 62-100, 4th, AL Cen­tral

What now: The White Sox took a step back­ward in the sec­ond year of re­build­ing, in­clud­ing their hit­ters set­ting the sin­gle-sea­son ma­jor league record for strike­outs. How­ever, man­age­ment be­lieves the or­ga­ni­za­tion is on the right path.

Off­sea­son fo­cus: The White Sox do not want to block any of their prospects but would like to add a veteran start­ing pitcher to join their promis­ing young trio of Car­los Rodon, Rey­naldo Lopez and Lu­cas Gi­olito in the ro­ta­tion. They also are will­ing to add an out­fielder on a short­term con­tract. Like last win­ter, the White Sox will look to sign re­liev­ers in quan­tity on mi­nor league deals. Prospects to watch: Out­fielder Eloy Jimenez has noth­ing left to prove in the mi­nor leagues af­ter the 21-year-old hit a com­bined .337 with 22 home runs in 108 games in Class AA and AAA this sea­son.

Cincin­nati Reds 67-95, 5th, NL Cen­tral

What now: It was yet an­other long sea­son for the Reds as they fin­ished last in the Na­tional League Cen­tral for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year while also again los­ing at least 94 games. Man­ager Bryan Price was fired on April 19 fol­low­ing a 3-15 start, but it ul­ti­mately made lit­tle dif­fer­ence as the Reds had an aw­ful Septem­ber. Off­sea­son fo­cus: Find­ing a full-time man­ager is the pri­mary fo­cus. In­terim man­ager

Jim Rig­gle­man will be given con­sid­er­a­tion, but out­side can­di­dates also will be in­ter­viewed. The Reds say they have “sig­nif­i­cant” ca­pac­ity to sign free agents, and their fo­cus will be on pitch­ing. Prospects to watch: Though there isn’t an open­ing for him in the lineup, in­fielder Nick Sen­zel fig­ures to be in the ma­jors soon. Sen­zel, 23, hit .310 in Class AAA but was lim­ited to 44 games be­cause of a torn ten­don in his right in­dex fin­ger.

Cleve­land In­di­ans 91-71, 1st, AL Cen­tral

What now: The In­di­ans cruised to their third straight Amer­i­can League Cen­tral ti­tle dur­ing a sea­son in which three of their four di­vi­sion ri­vals were re­build­ing and the Min­nesota Twins sold off pieces at the July 31 non-waiver trade dead­line. The fran­chise again is look­ing to win its first World Se­ries ti­tle since 1948, the long­est cur­rent drought in the ma­jor leagues.

Off­sea­son fo­cus: Three key play­ers are el­i­gi­ble for free agency — closer Cody Allen, left-handed re­liever An­drew Miller and left fielder Michael

Brant­ley. The small-mar­ket In­di­ans likely will be able to sign only one. They have left-han­der

Brad Hand as a re­place­ment for Allen but will need out­field depth even if they re-sign Brant­ley. Prospects to watch: Righthander Tris­ton McKen­zie should be ready to join the ro­ta­tion at some point in 2019.

Colorado Rock­ies 91-72, 2nd, NL West

What now: Try to par­lay the fran­chise’s fifth play­off berth, the re­sult of a clos­ing hot streak, into a sec­ond pen­nant and first World Se­ries ti­tle. Off­sea­son fo­cus: Sec­ond base­man D.J. LeMahieu, top setup re­liever Adam Ot­tavino and out­fielder Car­los Gon­za­lez head the team’s group of pend­ing free agents. Keep­ing Ot­tavino makes the most sense, but he has lever­age thanks to a dom­i­nant sea­son. Face of the fran­chise Nolan Are­nado is due a raise on his $17.75 mil­lion salary and will be en­ter­ing his con­tract year, so plot­ting his long-term fu­ture is on the short list, too. And now that he’s el­i­gi­ble for ar­bi­tra­tion, com­pen­sat­ing MVP can­di­date Trevor Story well above his $555,000 salary has to be on the agenda. Prospects to watch: Bren­dan Rodgers, No. 11 on Base­ball Amer­ica’s top 100, looks like the suc­ces­sor to LeMahieu.

Detroit Tigers 64-98, 3rd, AL Cen­tral

What now: The Tigers flirted with 100 losses for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son be­fore fall­ing short of that ig­no­min­ious mark and don’t fig­ure to con­tend for a few years un­til the re­build­ing process ad­vances. How­ever, owner Chris Il­itch says he is con­fi­dent the or­ga­ni­za­tion is on the right track un­der gen­eral man­ager Al Avila and man­ager Ron Gar­den­hire.

Off­sea­son fo­cus: The Tigers likely will make small up­grades, such as adding a start­ing pitcher on a short-term con­tract. They also could look to bring in a short­stop to re­place Jose Igle­sias, who is a free agent.

Prospects to watch: Righthander Franklin Perez, ac­quired from the Hous­ton Astros in the Justin Ver­lan­der trade last year, was lim­ited to seven starts in high Class A this sea­son be­cause of a right lat strain.

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