St. Louis Cardinals: Predicting the 26-man roster two months out

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JUPITER, FL – MARCH 14: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action against the New York Mets during a spring training baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium on March 14, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. The game ended in 1-1 tie after nine innings of play. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

We are less than two months from the start of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2020 season. Spring training games haven’t started yet, but how could the 26-man roster look?

It’s almost that time of the year again. Spring training is right around the corner and a short month later, we all will have our biggest source of unhappiness lovingly available to stress over every night. That’s right, we are less than 60 days away from the start of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2020 season.

The offseason was one of the most boring offseasons in the past few years but it was filled with plenty of rumors which sadly haven’t paid off (yet). The smart ones among us expected an offseason like this, the bold thought it’d never happen, and the ones who love to ride the rollercoaster are crashing hard right now. Nolan Arenado may circle back into our dreams by mid-summer, but for now, it seems the trail has gone cold.

Some will say that John Mozeliak had a terrible offseason and bang the same old drum about how he’s the worst person in the world and he should’ve been gone a long time ago. Honestly, that’s a tired take and the situation is much more complex than just what Mo can control.

The man signing the checks (Bill DeWitt Jr.) set the payroll for 2020 at about the same as it was in 2019 and Mo was really creative in finding a way to shore up the rotation, clear some outfield depth, and replenish the top of the farm system. The boss gave Mo a playground to play in, and he rocked that playground.

As we look forward to spring training and beyond, a lot of roster decisions have to be made. However, from today’s look at the roster, who do I predict will be heading North from Jupiter when spring ends? This is not who I think should make the roster, but who I think the team will end up going with.

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