St. Louis Cardinals: Winter Meetings Wrap-Up
With the Baseball Winter Meetings having come to an end, it is time to wrap up how the St. Louis Cardinals performed.
Having got most of their offseason needs out of the way before heading to San Diego, the Cardinals were not finishing wheeling and dealing. They made two acquisitions by signing free agent Mark Reynolds and selecting Tyler Waldron in the Rule 5 draft.
John Mozeliak spoke with the media about what the Cardinals’ plan was for the week in San Diego.
"“When we came out here, we knew we weren’t necessarily going to leave here with something,” Mozeliak said. “But we were hoping to have a lot of conversations, and I think we’ve done that. I’ve always said that there are always opportunities to improve your club. You don’t just have to look at a Christmas deadline as to when you have to have your roster completed.”"
A November trade with the Atlanta Braves filled a gap in right field with Jason Heyward and brought bullpen depth in Jordan Walden. The signing of Matt Belisle makes up for the loss of All-Star reliever and all-around-good-guy Pat Neshek.
The Cardinals are not expected to be in the race for St. Louis native Max Scherzer. The roster is, for all intents and purposes, what it will look like when the team heads to Jupiter in February. The big question mark is whether Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales start the season in the pitching rotation.