What will the Cardinals end up doing at the Winter Meetings this week?
The St. Louis Cardinals hot stove began to heat up in the days leading up to the Winter Meetings, and today marks the beginning of what is usually the most active week of the off-season among all Major League teams.
The number one priority remains finding a new starting catcher, and the rest of the team’s targets will fall into place based on how they choose to address that position. Some of the other needs that President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak has named includes adding another bat, preferably a left-handed one, as well as more pitching depth, although he seemed hesitant to add another starting pitcher at the moment.
The Winter Meetings tend to generate a lot of activity as now teams are all in the same place and can begin pushing the market forward by establishing their needs as well as determining price points on both free agents and the trade market. While the Cardinals have been relatively quite so far this off-season, I do not expect that to remain the case much longer.
These predictions could age poorly rather quickly, but after gathering information the last few weeks from local and national insiders, there does seem to be a bit of a blueprint developing for the Cardinals time in San Diego this week, and I am going to try and predict what they will do when it comes to improving their roster. Here are my predictions for the Cardinals during the Winter Meetings.