St. Louis Cardinals: Diamond in the Rough Free Agent Targets

Kyle Jasper
Mike Girsch, general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals; Bill DeWitt Jr., managing partner and chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals; John Mozeliak, President of Baseball Operations of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mike Schildt, interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals addressing a change in the manager during a press conference prior to a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on July 15, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Mike Girsch, general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals; Bill DeWitt Jr., managing partner and chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals; John Mozeliak, President of Baseball Operations of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mike Schildt, interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals addressing a change in the manager during a press conference prior to a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on July 15, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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Sep 27, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pose for a photo on the field after they clinched a postseason spot after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pose for a photo on the field after they clinched a postseason spot after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

The St. Louis Cardinals are likely to be bargain shoppers in free agency. Here are a few low-cost options that they might pursue.

The 2020 offseason is going to put the front office of the St. Louis Cardinals in a precarious position.  The decision will be a tough one to go all-in with one last ride for Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright while the division seems to be faltering, or whether to save money and look toward the future.

We can all agree that the 2020 season was a year that we can all hope to forget (unless you are Dodgers fans).  With the shortened season and the uncertainty of the protocols, it makes it harder than ever to evaluate impending free agents. But even with the shortened season, teams must make the financial commitments to improve their team for the upcoming years.  While knowing and understanding that the Cardinals would like to save as much money as possible, we are going to look at some free agents who will not cost the Cardinals an arm and a leg but will hopefully produce like a top free agent.  Since we all now know that owning a baseball team “isn’t very profitable” we will be careful not to include free agent targets that will be unrealistic to this team.

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