Who are the left-handed bats in free agency that the Cardinals could target?
St. Louis Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak identified a few different needs this offseason for the club, one of them being a left-handed bat that can do damage in their line-up.
Some of the names that could have fit the bill are already off the market. Joc Pederson accepted the qualifying offer from San Francisco and Anthony Rizzo re-signed with the New York Yankees. If the Cardinals want to bring in that left-handed bat through free agency, the options are beginning to thin out.
Still, there remains some intriguing options on the market for St. Louis if they desire to grab a left-handed bat for their lineup. Here are options they could pursue in the free agent market this offseason.
Michael Brantley has been a key member of the Houston Astros lineup since 2019 and could provide championship experience and a boost for the Cardinals lineup. His 2022 season was cut short due to injury, but the 35-year old has shown no signs of slowing down at the plate.
Before his injury, Brantley was slashing .288/.370/.416 with 5 HR and 26 RBI in 64 games for Houston. Brantley does not hit for much power, but he is an on-base machine and knows how to come up big when it matters most. His style of play feels like that of a Cardinal.
Brantley should be affordable in free agency due to his age and injury history, but is a talent that could make a major difference for the Cardinals. His mix of leadership, mentorship for the younger outfielders, and consistent left-handed bat would all draw major value for St. Louis.