May 26, 2024

Cardinals’ John Mozeliak Pours Cold Water On St. Louis Engaging In Trade For Pitching

Retooling the rotation has been the St. Louis Cardinals’ top priority this offseason after losing three of their best starting pitchers, Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, and Jordan Montgomery.

The Cardinals have filled the voids in the rotation after resigning right-hand pitcher Lance Lynn and adding Sonny Gray and Kyle Gibson this offseason.

It appears that the Cardinals are satisfied and won’t be searching elsewhere for upgrades, despite rumors regarding whether the most recent additions to the rotation will be sufficient for St. Louis to recover next season.

The pressure is on St. Louis’ rotation to perform well coming into next season after they concluded the previous campaign with a 43-64 record, 5.07 ERA, 653-to-289 strikeout-to-walk ratio,.289 batting average against, and 1.49 WHIP.

The Cardinals batted reasonably well in the previous season, tying for 13th place with an OPS of.742, and if St. Louis were to pursue a trade for starting pitching, they would probably have to give up key members of their lineup.

The Cardinals still have time to pursue another free-agent starter, like Blake Snell or Yoshinobo Yamamoto, even though a trade for starting pitching is unlikely to happen. St. Louis is not a top contender, though.

The Cardinals have now turned their attention to upgrading the bullpen, which could use a high-leverage arm or two as well as some added depth.

Hopefully, St. Louis will have similar success in retooling the bullpen as they have with their rotation this offseason.

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