Top 5 Free Agents the St. Louis Cardinals Should Sign

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Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

David Price

The left-handed starter could very well be the missing piece for this club. The Cardinals seemed to be a pitcher away from advancing to the next level last season. Losing Wainwright early in the season was brutal for the team. They survived remarkably, but in a playoff series you need to rely heavily on your starting staff.

No disrespect to Carlos Martinez or Lackey, but they just aren’t the type of pitchers you want throwing with the season on the line. Wainwright will be back and why not team him with a left-handed ace and form a powerful duo? The financial constraints will be tough as Price could ask for upwards of $200 million dollars.

It remains to be seen if Price will get a payday that big, but you can be sure that he will get anywhere from $28-35 million per season. The Cardinals are not a team that typically goes crazy in the free agent market. If Price makes demands that are too expensive, expect the Cardinals to bow out and instead look in another direction. Price could also be enticed by the chance of winning a World Series and throwing to Molina behind the plate.

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