With the St. Louis Cardinals elimination from the playoffs by the dreaded San Francisco Giants the team comes home to find some players wondering if they are returning or not or players looking forward in spending time with their families. I believe that the Cardinals shopping list would have a starting pitcher, middle relief pitchers, back up catcher, back up infielder and a right handed power hitting outfielder or first baseman. So who on the Free Agent List appeal to the Cardinals? I like Tony Cruz, he has been a light hitting back up for four years. The position does need a upgrade, Geovany Soto would be a great pick up and a reliable catcher to give Molina much needed rest. For a back up infielder I would choose Brian Roberts. He can play both shortstop and second base. His production has gone down but he is still known as being reliable and a heads up player.For a right handed hitter I would be all for Michael Cuddyer, he can cover third base, first base and right field. Still has power. He can split time with Matt Adams or start in right field. So what would this mean for Oscar Taveras and Randall Grichuk? The Cardinals GM has stated that he is not trading Taveras. but it has also been noted that Matheny is not too fond of Oscar. This might mean the Cardinals may look into trading him. If they do trade him it would be for a top tier player. So if the Cardinals want to bring in a fulltime right fielder they could also look into Nelson Cruz to actually be that right handed power hitting right fielder. I truly believe the Cardinals really a top notch starting pitcher. I am not sold on Lackey, they could very well not pick up his option or if they do then the team needs to cut ties with Jaime Garcia. A few names that pop out to me includes Max Scherzer, Ervin Santana, Kyle Kendrick or Jake Peavy. I say its about time we reach out to Reavy and finally signing him as a Cardinal in which he has been expecting for the last two years. Other players the Cardinals will be dealing with includes Peter Bourjus, Daniel Descalso and Randy Choate. The team seems to be interested in trading them. The teams free agents Pat Neshek and Jason Motte may or may not be resigned. Some indications I see makes me believe Neshek would get a short term contract while Motte will be let go. along with Masterson, Pierzinsky, and Ellis.
Source: MLB, Miklasz, Strauss