Editors Note: I will be delaying the Beyond the Starting Eight series until next week to continue to bring Winter Meeting updates.
Dec 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; St Louis Cardinal manager Mike Matheny answers questions from the media during the Major League Baseball winter meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
With the Winter Meetings underway in Nashville, it is now time to see what John Mozeliak can accomplish towards the St. Louis Cardinals stated goals in building the 2013 roster. That being–as mentioned here before–a left handed reliever, a fourth outfielder (right handed) and some middle infield insurance.
The Cardinals were quiet in day one of the meetings. Rest assured there is a lot going on behind closed doors and with the technology, reports have said that much is done–even with all the decision makers under one roof–by text message and cell phone until talks get more serious. That’s business negotiations in the 21st Century.
It’s left to be seen if the Cardinals will players for the services of either the Cleveland Indians Asdrubal Cabrera or Texas Rangers Elvis Andrus. The latter hasn’t been brought up in many trade rumors as of yet, but Jurickson Profar may make Andrus expendable. The asking price for Cabrera is said to be pretty high, but the Cardinals have the pitching arms on place to make a serious offer for the former All-Star shortstop should Mo decide he’s a fit for St. Louis.
The Cardinals really have not been connected to many players in the rumor mill either. They do have some needs, but none to warrant a splash signing or trade. Look for the 2013 squad to look much the same, albeit with more experienced young players that are already in place.
What do you think the Cardinals will accomplish in the Winter Meetings? Let me know what you would if you were Mo in the comments below.
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