During the Winter Warm-Up weekend, St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that the club was “not actively shopping” for a starter according to MLB.com’s Jennifer Langosch.
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“Obviously, we have been an organization that tends to be opportunistic if something should arise,” Mozeliak said according to MLB.com. “But at this point, I don’t feel like we need to do that. I also feel like we have a little more depth than people really feel or give us credit for. Somebody like a Marco Gonzales, I certainly feel, can pitch in the big leagues. I also think somebody like a Tyler Lyons gets overlooked. I feel there is some depth to the Cardinals.”
The Cardinals rotation is expected to start the season with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez. However, it is always possible that Gonzales beats out Martinez to start the season. Never say never at this point in time. It really depends on who has the better spring.
The other question in the matter is the health of left-handed starter Jaime Garcia‘s shoulder. Garcia’s health has been bothersome for the Cardinals after many setbacks over the past few seasons.
“He’s having a very good offseason,” Mozeliak said of Garcia according to MLB.com. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on him or too much pressure on the club on what that actually means because I have not personally seen him. But from a medical standpoint, from what we’re hearing about his workouts and so forth, he really is feeling good.”
Should things be different by the trading deadline, the Cardinals won’t be afraid to make a move.