Is the St. Louis Cardinals front office scared to repeat past mistakes?
By Evan Mead
Cardinals Lackluster offseason
The St. Louis Cardinals current roster has promise, but is there enough talent to really make a run for the World series?
You look at their roster there is a lot of questions and when it comes to a team looking to win a World Series, question aren’t good. First question that is currently being asked is in light of a recent injury.
Jack Flaherty’s status for the start of the season in question after an injury that was recently brought to the Cardinals attention. So, with Flaherty possibly out for a period of time, what are the Cardinals rotation going to look like?
Given the fact that the Cardinals just signed Steven Matz, you can already assume that he’ll be taking on a higher role that what was originally anticipated. But is that a good thing?
This year’s free agency class was filled with a lot of pitching talent, and yet the Cardinals walked away with Steven Matz. They could’ve had Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Jon Gray, Robbie Ray and many more. Yet, once again, they ended up with Matz.
It’s not the fact that they signed Matz that’s getting me. It’s the fact that there were a lot more pitchers out there that could potentially give you more than Matz that the Cardinals didn’t go after.
The second question is who is going to be the Cardinals’ Opening Day shortstop?
With Paul Dejong coming off a very poor season, the outside opinion is that the Cardinals should either start Edmundo Sosa or sign someone. However, after reading a lot of reports and the fact that spring training is right around the corner, it seems a lot more likely that the Cardinals will role with the combination of both Sosa and Dejong.
I expect, knowing the Cardinals’ previous problems at the shortstop position, they will more than likely play the hot hand to start the season. But is that the best course of action?
In this year’s free agency, the Cardinals could’ve pursued Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, Trevor Story, Corey Seager or Marcus Semien, but they didn’t. Now, they do have Paul Dejong on a team friendly contract, and Sosa showed promise last season, but when you look at how they matchup to the rest of the league, the Cardinals are undoubtedly at the bottom half.
Trevor Story is still out there along with Correa, but recent reports have stated that the Cardinals are not very interested in either. They don’t want to give a big contract to someone when it could later impact their team and prevent them from making moves in the future.