The Cardinals have done nothing this offseason. They are asking for patience.
The theme of the St. Louis Cardinals’ offseason has been patience, and that has resulted in frustration amongst the fanbase.
They are the only team that has not added to the major-league roster, either by trade or free agency. They have yet to re-sign Adam Wainwright or Yadier Molina. And they have indicated that a large part of their plan to increase the offenses production is by implementing platoons and maximizing matchups.
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak recently told the team’s website that he can feel the “angst” from an increasingly frustrated fanbase, and rightfully so. The Cardinals, quite simply, are wasting a prime opportunity to win the division while the Brewers add complimentary pieces, the Reds stand pat and the Cubs and Pirates trade pieces off their major-league roster.
Finally, Mozeliak recently admitted to Dan McLaughlin of Fox Sports Midwest that he was “reluctant to hit the go button” on final spring preparations.
What this means for the rest of the Cardinals’ offseason is unknown, but it does help explain the inactivity. The team is sorting out its finances and awaiting clarity on what the game will look like in 2021 and whether there will be fans in the stands, a designated hitter, among other things.
In the meantime, the Cardinals remain engaged with in-house free agents Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright. They have checked around the league on most, if not all free agents, hoping to identify value. One player the team did this with is D.J. LeMahieu, who ended up signing a five-year, $90 million deal with the New York Yankees.
The Cardinals remain in discussions with agents and other teams hoping an opportunity to strike presents itself. But based on Mozeliak’s comments, and the team’s lack of urgency this winter, it is hard to imagine any deal being imminent unless something drastically changes.
The saying is that good things come to those who wait. But can we really expect that with the Cardinals?