The Cardinals would be better off waiting to upgrade their rotation until next offseason
Going into this off-season, one of the biggest needs identified for the St. Louis Cardinals was the lack of a true ace. But after re-signing Adam Wainwright, the club would be better off waiting to address that need until next off-season.
The Cardinals lack a true ace on their roster right now, and although they do have some high-quality starters, you don’t expect any of them to truly matchup with other club’s aces in the postseason. While it would be great to find that ace before the 2023 season, it does not appear like that will be an option that St. Louis can realistically go after.
This is assuming that the Cardinals are out of the Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander sweepstakes, and that a guy like Shane Bieber or Tyler Glasnow won’t be available on the trade market. If the opportunity to grab an ace is there, they should take it, but it seems unlikely that St. Louis will be in that position before the 2023 season.
John Mozeliak seems to have his eyes set on catcher, a left-handed bat, and bullpen help. Shortstop could end up being a target, but the market would have to play into the Cardinals favor for that to happen. Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson still remain in play for the club.
Let’s look at a few reasons why the Cardinals would be better off waiting until next off-season to revamp their rotation.