What’s next on the St. Louis Cardinals’ offseason to-do list?
What’s next on the St. Louis Cardinals offseason to-do list? Almost everything. Relief pitching. Starting pitching. Offensive depth.
The St. Louis Cardinals have made three major-league signings so far this offseason, with Steven Matz being their biggest addition and Drew VerHagen and Nick Wittgren adding depth to the bullpen.
But they are not done, far from it, and are continuing to survey the free-agent market looking for upgrades. They still need a high leverage reliever to pair with Giovanny Gallegos, another starting pitcher and offensive infield depth behind Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt.
The relief market has been picked through pretty extensively, but multiple relievers connected to the Cardinals remain available. Ryan Tepera is the most prevalent option still remaining and his likely price – two years, $12ish million – would give the Cardinals additional room for maneuvering. The other options include Andrew Chafin and Robert Gsellman, who will both come cheaper than Tepera.
Addressing the rotation is tricky, as the options have significantly dwindled since the beginning of free agency. The Cardinals have always been likely to add a low-tier starting pitcher – think along the lines of Jon Lester and J.A. Happ-type pitcher – as opposed to another addition like Matz. It’s possible that could be addressed via trade, though that is just speculation and nothing more than that.
Offensively, the Cardinals really like Colin Moran, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see that deal get done at some point. He wouldn’t start, but he’d provide a veteran bat off the bench who is capable of playing behind both Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado if called upon. He’d also provide a veteran DH option in addition to youngsters such as Juan Yepez, Nolan Gorman and Lars Nootbaar, so there is additional value there, and he will come on a cheap one-year contract around $3ish million, if it ultimately gets done.
It’s a lot on the Cardinals to-do list, so president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has his work cut out for him. But they have plenty of payroll left and over three weeks until Opening Day, so while they have time, it’s quickly dwindling as teams scramble to get ready for the season.