St. Louis Cardinals: The Five Players Most Likely to be Traded This Season

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Jul 8, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (32) tosses the ball to pitcher Michael Wacha (52) during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 8, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (32) tosses the ball to pitcher Michael Wacha (52) during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 8, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams (32) tosses the ball to pitcher Michael Wacha (52) during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

The St. Louis Cardinals have multiple players on their roster that seem highly likely to be traded and a few of them could be dealt very soon.

While the St. Louis Cardinals inch closer towards the start of spring training, there are a number of questions related to their roster that must be answered. Questions regarding outfield depth, the pitching rotation, and how the infield defense will hold up are just a few many fans and reporters are asking. The answers to these questions could change the entire outlook of the team.

Often times during spring training the answers could lead teams to make trades or roster cuts. The Cardinals are in a familiar fortunate position of having pretty good depth in valuable positions. Their starting rotation has too many arms for a 5-man rotation, the infield has a number of guys that could be moved, and the bullpen contains proven, effective pitchers.

Now, the Cardinals by no means will sell off players in a rash attempt to catch the Chicago Cubs. This offseason proved that John Mozeliak has remained calm after our NL Central rivals won the 2016 World Series and that will continue. The starting pitching is expected to rebound, the defense is going to be better, and the offense will hopefully be more consistent and methodical so right now, there is no reason to shake the team up or panic.

However, if in June or July it looks as though the St. Louis Cardinals are falling out of the playoff hunt, John Mozeliak is in a position where he could sell off multiple major league players and receive valuable assets in return. With that said, the following five players are not necessarily the ones I hope are traded. Rather, they are the major league players that just seem MOST LIKELY to be dealt.

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