It is no secret that the St. Louis Cardinals need to revamp their rotation. This was clear even before they traded Jordan Montgomery and Jack Flaherty, a pair of impending free agents. General manager John Mozeliak confirmed that would be the case back in the middle of August, stating that he felt the Cardinals needed to add at least three starters during the offseason.
This does not mean that the Cardinals will be shopping out of the bargain bin. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are looking at the top pitchers that should be available. Aaron Nola and Sonny Gray, in particular, are two that the team is targeting as ‘good fits.’
St. Louis Cardinals determined to upgrade rotation
The rotation was going to be a focal point for the Cardinals regardless. Miles Mikolas is the only pitcher guaranteed a spot in the rotation for 2024. Steven Matz has been inconsistent at best and has battled injuries. Matthew Liberatore has not lived up to his top prospect status. The Cardinals do have the likes of Tink Hence, Gordon Graceffo, and Michael McGreevy knocking on the door to the majors, but the Cardinals would not want to rely upon a trio of rookies as they look to return to the playoffs.
That is the ultimate goal. The Cardinals were embarrassed this past season, tied for the fifth worst record in the majors and a spot in the lottery. This was supposed to be a year that they would contend for a championship. Instead, they find themselves like almost everyone else, watching from home.
Gray and Nola likely would not be enough. The Cardinals need to find pieces in their bullpen to navigate the gap to the ninth inning. Depth on their bench would certainly help. However, solidifying the rotation is the key to the Cardinals’ success. Once those pieces are in place, it will be easier to add elsewhere.
The St. Louis Cardinals are looking at some of the top starters in free agency. Their rotation will clearly be a focal point this offseason.