The St. Louis Cardinals had a rough go of it in the 2023 season, ending with a disappointing record of 71-91. But fear not, fellow fans, for the offseason is here and it’s time for some much-needed changes. With the retirement of veteran starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals are on the hunt for some fresh talent to bolster their roster. Rumor has it that they’re aiming to snag not just one, but two new starting pitchers during this crucial time. Let’s hope they hit a home run with their choices! After a dismal 2023 season, the St. Louis Cardinals are in desperate need of a pitching overhaul. With the retirement of veteran Adam Wainwright, the team is on the hunt for not just one, but two starting pitchers to bolster their roster.
It’s no secret that the Cardinals struggled on the mound last season, with a team ERA of 4.79, ranking them near the bottom of the league. But with the offseason in full swing, the Cardinals are determined to make some major upgrades. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the team is looking to sign a top free agent starter and potentially make a trade to fill the other vacancy.
Some of the top pitchers on the market include Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, Sonny Gray, and Aaron Nola. And rumor has it, the Cardinals are the front-runners to land Nola if he doesn’t return to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Speaking of the Phillies, they seem to have their sights set on Snell, who was a finalist for the NL Cy Young award last season while playing for the San Diego Padres. However, they did extend a $20.325 million qualifying offer to Nola, giving him the option to either accept or reject it. It’s safe to say that the competition for these top pitchers will be fierce.
But the Cardinals aren’t just focused on pitching. They also need to make upgrades throughout their lineup. Luckily, they have a promising young player in Victor Scotts II, who had an impressive first season in the minor leagues, hitting .304 and finishing with the second-most hits in the MiLB. With his offensive potential, it’s likely we’ll see him called up to the big leagues next season.
So, while the Cardinals may have had a rough year, they’re determined to come back stronger than ever. And with the potential addition of Nola or another top starter, as well as the emergence of young talent like Scotts, the future is looking bright for the Cardinals.