Cardinals: Ranking the top 5 offseason needs for St. Louis
By Josh Jacobs
No. 2: Starting Pitching
The Cardinals made massive upgrades to their pitching staff at the deadline when they dealt for Jordan Montgomery and Jose Quintana. Both players have helped transform this Cardinals rotation from a major flaw to playoff caliber.
Even so, the rotation still needs to improve if it wants to truly stack up against the best of the best. Montgomery, Miles Mikolas, and Jack Flaherty are all under contract for next season, and Adam Wainwright is pitching like a guy who can give the club one more season in 2023.
There is uncertainty around this bunch though. What version of Mikolas, Flaherty, and Wainwright does the club get next season? Even with their best selves, is that enough to go toe to toe with the Dodgers, Braves, or Mets?
The club needs to seriously consider going out and acquiring an ace for this rotation. Names like Jacob deGrom, Tyler Anderson, Carlos Rodon, Justin Verlander, and Nathan Eovaldi are all free agents this offseason. Maybe a guy like Shane Bieber or Pablo Lopez could be had in a trade. Whoever it is, the Cardinals really need a top level starter in order to stack up with the best teams in baseball.