St. Louis Cardinals are Afraid of the Past
The St. Louis Cardinals, as I stated above, have a hard time with free agency signings. There have been a couple very good signings. I mean, you can even look back to last season.
They signed Luis Garcia and T.J. McFarland, and without them two, don’t make the playoffs. They were both such a huge part to their success, and quite frankly, I’m still trying to figure out why the Cardinals didn’t re-sign Luis Garcia.
They did sign Matz to a big contract, but his name doesn’t hold the same weight as Max Scherzer or Robbie Ray.
Now, if you recall from the previous slide, the Cardinals have a lot of needs and it could’ve been addressed with some of the players out there. Between the need of starting pitchers, relief pitchers, and the shortstops out there, they could’ve easily addressed the holes. But they didn’t really do much.
In contrast to that, It’s been reported that the Cardinals are looking to add depth which is important, but it’s also important to make sure you have firepower. Someone you can always count on to give you a good outing, or someone that can give your lineup a boost.
That’s what leads me to believe that the front office is scared to go out and make that move. They don’t have a great history when signing those types of players and maybe the backlash of how the Fowler signing worked out, they are afraid to make the same mistake twice.
I could be wrong but when it comes to competing, you have to put out a team that can win games against the best. Because of the holes this team has that hasn’t quite been addressed, it’s hard to think that they weren’t scared.
This was a perfect offseason to address the needs this team has, but they didn’t do anything other than sign a couple relief pitchers and a starting pitcher. Hard to think there isn’t a secondary narrative to just “trusting the farm system.”