Will the Cardinals be aggressive on the trade market?
Not making moves to shore up some of the holes on the roster makes some sense if the Cardinals front office wants to see how some of the season plays out with their current group. If the club is in contention though as the summer begins to roll, it will be a real head scratcher if the club is unwilling to make significant moves.
The biggest acquisitions at last years trade deadline were starting pitchers J.A. Happ and Jon Lester. With how much the club had struggled to that point, it made somewhat sense to not make a major move with a postseason berth being a difficult task. But with this club proving its ability to go on a run, and with the players having World Series aspirations, John Mozeliak needs to be ready to make bigger moves to fill some of the team’s holes.
The Cardinals have payroll flexibility, a strong veteran core, and a fanbase craving a more win now approach. If the pitching staff needs a boost at any point, the middle infield situation continues to be a question mark, or one of the big bats in the lineup goes down for significant time, the club’s postseason hopes may rest on whether or not the team will pull the trigger on larger moves.