St. Louis Cardinals: 4 Winter Meetings Takeaways

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The Baseball Winter Meetings are over, leaving the outlook for 2016 a little different from what it was just a week ago. But for the St. Louis Cardinals, the view is unchanged.

The St. Louis Cardinals still could use some starting pitching. Only Johnny Cueto remains in the top-tier of available free agent starters, and his agent says he’s in no hurry to sign. Within the last day or so, however, reports have surfaced that the agent is pushing Cueto toward the St. Louis Cardinals.

Meanwhile, righthander Mike Leake‘s market has picked up in the last few days, and he has expressed an interest to play close to his Phoenix home. Given what the Arizona Diamondbacks have managed to do in a week’s time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them snatch Leake off the market.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a few bats, too, a fact that the Jedd Gyorko acquisition on Tuesday doesn’t change. Uber free agent Jason Heyward still lingers in free agency. So does slugging first baseman Chris Davis.

Let’s quickly review 4 key highlights from this year’s Winter Meetings to get a better handle on the tense days ahead for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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