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Richard Justice

Which 10 teams have the most work left to do?

Which 10 teams have the most work left to do?

There's still good stuff left. Yeah, even after that finishing flurry in San Diego. Places to go, things to see.

Here are 10 teams that still have important business to conduct:

1. The Giants are still shopping for a starting pitcher and a hitter or two, preferably to play left and third. Don't count them out on anyone, including Max Scherzer, James Shields and Chase Headley.

2. Headley is so important to the Yankees that they appear to have set other business aside until he makes a decision. He was a very nice fit for half a season, but if he goes elsewhere, general manager Brian Cashman will shift Martin Prado from second to third and let Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder compete for the second-base job. If that's how it plays out, the Yankees might jump into the Scherzer sweepstakes.

3. Right field is still the position the Orioles most need to fill. Melky Cabrera is the best available free agent, but don't discount Dan Duquette making a couple of under-the-radar moves that end up being just as productive as a big-ticket signing.

4. The Dodgers have some money to spend and would like to add a starting pitcher. Scherzer? Shields? And Andrew Friedman still might trade Andre Ethier and/or Carl Crawford as the Dodgers' roster gets a head-to-toe makeover.

5. Nelson Cruz is going to be a terrific fit for the Mariners, but Jack Zduriencik would like to add another bat, preferably a right-handed hitter. He has had conversations with Cabrera. Justin Upton also would be a nice fit, both offensively and defensively.

6. Wilmer Flores is still the Mets shortstop, at least until Matt Reynolds is ready. Sandy Alderson has resisted trading any of his pitching to fill the position. Upton also might be on his shopping list, but such a deal would almost certainly require him to surrender a pitcher.

7. Now about those Braves. They still seem likely to deal Upton and perhaps Evan Gattis as well, but John Hart clearly isn't going to make a deal for the sake of making a deal. So this one may wait awhile as teams sort through their options.

8. The Nationals might just have the best team in baseball. The Nationals also are in a listening mode on their free-agents-to-be: Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Ian Desmond, Denard Span and Tyler Clippard. In addition, Mike Rizzo thinks big, so anything is possible. If he hangs onto all five of his guys, he could be hit hard after next season. On the other hand, if he hangs onto all of them, he might be holding a World Series trophy. As problems go, that's the best kind.

9. The Reds had a similar issue with four of their five starting pitchers, but dealing Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon has narrowed that list to Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. Problem is, the Reds' rotation is weakened, and so a healthy, productive season from Homer Bailey is critically important to getting them back in contention.

10. Finallly, the A's. Billy Beane has traded three all-stars for nine players, most of them unproven kids. He also stripped away payroll and says he's now in an acquisition mode and that he absolutely thinks the A's can contend in 2015. If it were someone else, we might be skeptical. Beane's track record is phenomenal.

When Jon Lester picked the Cubs, it sparked a frenzy of moves. There should be more once Scherzer and Shields make their decisions. In some ways, this secondary market is more interesting than the early market, because it's more about baseball judgment than simply a bidding war.

Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.