2.) St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals are arguably one of the losers of the offseason, to this point. Back in November, it was announced that Lance Lynn would undergo Tommy John surgery, missing the entire 2016 season. That unfortunate announcement created a massive hole in the Cards rotation. If only to make matters worse, the Cards would later lose John Lackey to the division-rival Cubs, as he agreed to a two-year, $32 million contract. To put the proverbial “icing on the cake” it was announce yesterday afternoon that Jason Heyward had also agreed to join the hated Chicago Cubs, on an eight-year, $184 million dollar contract. It would be nice, if I was to say St. Louis has only had a bad offseason. This has been a flat-out disaster for the Cards, to this point.
The normally passive Cardinals are in an unfamiliar position to them, as they’re no longer considered the favorites in the NL Central since being overtaken by the Cubs. It’s currently unclear whether or not this inclines the Cards to spend more cash than usual, but they’ve been involved in no shortage of rumors. They’ve been linked to the likes of Chris Davis, Alex Gordon, and Wei-Yin Chen, among others.
St. Louis has been very quiet this season, and there’s no indication of what they plan to do. While I wouldn’t be surprised to see them splurge of a Gordon, Chen, or even Johnny Cueto, it wouldn’t come as a shock to see them stand pat.
Whatever the Cards decide to do, it’s crystal-clear that they will likely enter the season with some uncertainties.