5 relievers the St. Louis Cardinals need to acquire

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 02: Manager Oliver Marmol #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals removes T.J. McFarland #62 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 02, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 7-5. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 02: Manager Oliver Marmol #37 of the St. Louis Cardinals removes T.J. McFarland #62 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 02, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 7-5. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 14: Mark Melancon #34 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Chase Field on June 14, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 14: Mark Melancon #34 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Chase Field on June 14, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Mark Melancon

The St. Louis Cardinals have shown in recent years their desire to bring in buy low, veteran arms to fill needs in their pitching staff. Veteran right hander Mark Melancon could be their next diamond in the rough.

After leading Major League Baseball in saves in 2021, Melancon has struggled mightily as the closer for the Diamondbacks. Although he has 11 saves so far in 2022, his 5.79 ERA in 23.1 innings of work leaves a lot to be desired.

While adding an arm with these bad of numbers seems like a step in the wrong direction, a change of scenery for the veteran Melancon and role as a middle innings reliever on a contender may be the boost he needs to get back to his production from 2021.

Last season, the Cardinals found success in adding veteran arms like J.A. Happ, Jon Lester, and Wade LeBlanc, even when their current production showed little to indicate future success. If the Cardinals decided to go this route with Melancon, it could pay off major dividends, and come at a low cost.

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