WHAT THEY NEEDED: Starting pitching, as always. With Travis Fryman gone, a third baseman with some pop. A reliable veteran catcher and a second big outfield bat to go with Bobby Higginson's.
WHAT THEY GOT: Luis Gonzales will join Higginson in the outfield. Bip Roberts is solid at many positions. A bunch of uninspiring pitchers, including Bryce Florie, Tim Worrell and Frank Castillo, and Joe Oliver, a veteran catcher.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS: Lots of youth on board, but no legit replacements for Fryman and starter Willie Blair. Unless their kids step up immediately, this could get ugly.