The St. Louis Cardinals’ top priorities this winter are clear.
Pitching however, remains a bit of a mystery for the 11-time World Series champs.
Ken Rosenthal provided an update on the state of the team’s pitching staff, noting that Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, Jordan Montgomery, and Miles Mikolas could all be gone after 2023, but that there is one pitcher that they could target.
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Cards Pitching Plans
Rosenthal mentioned veteran left-hander Jose Quintana as a potential target.
St. Louis acquired him at the trade deadline from the Pittsburgh Pirates to fill out a rotation that had been decimated by injuries.
Rosenthal notes that a source close to the team stated that the Cardinals would like to retain Quintana.
The Cardinals have made clear that they want to target pitchers with high strikeout rates, however.
But keeping Quintana would be a good move for St. Louis.
The veteran lefty went 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA and started Game 1 of the Wild Card Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.