After being dusted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Wild Card Series, the St. Louis Cardinals find themselves with a few holes to fill this offseason.
President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak made it clear that he intends to increase the team’s payroll, citing the need for a regular catcher and a middle-of-the-order bat.
This has led some to speculate that the Cards might be in on the sweepstakes for one of the top free agent shortstops.
In a recent article, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic revealed an important update provided by Mozeliak himself.
Mozeliak stated that a catcher is still the top priority and reiterated that Tommy Edman will be the team’s starting shortstop in 2023.
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Where Cards Stand Heading Into 2023
Of course, this does not mean that things won’t change at all.
Mozeliak mentioned that if there was a shift in the market for shortstops, the team could potentially make an adjustment.
The outfield is also a point of emphasis, as O’Neill and Carlson both struggled with various injuries during the season.
O’Neill also had a disappointing season after putting up MVP-caliber numbers in 2021.
But the designated hitter position is one where the Cards could upgrade.