It’s officially Hot Stove season for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Post-Dispatch columnist Joe Strauss chimed in on the conversation and offered his thoughts on the matter.
It really comes down to this:
Change approaches — not a ripple, but a wave. It is conceivable the National League champions could return only three, maybe two, position players to their same stations next opening day.
Allen Craig at first base, Matt Holliday in right field, and Yadier Molina behind the plate. I’m with a bunch of Cardinals writers and fans in that David Freese is done as a starter at third base. Freese will have to accept a spot off the bench if he intends to remain with the Cardinals or be traded to another club because Matt Carpenter will slide to third in order for Kolten Wong to take over at second base.
Center and left field offer the most questions. Does the club make an attempt to resign Carlos Beltran for either a one year or two year deal? Or do they make a qualifying offer with the hope that they can pick up a compensation pick from whichever team he signs with?
Jon Jay‘s regression this season won’t sit well with many, especially since he’s a left-handed hitter. Outfield positions usually mean being a power hitter or hitting for contact at the very least.