The Cards' biggest loss is franchise player Albert Pujols, a nine-time All-Star, three-time National League MVP and former NL batting champion, who signed with the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim.
Also, Tony La Russa retired as manager after 16 seasons with the team, and the Cards hired former team catcher Mike Matheny as his replacement.
However, St. Louis successfully retained utility man Skip Schumaker and top-tier catcher Yadier Molina, and signed heavy-hitting Carlos Beltran to try and spark the team's offense with the departure of Pujols.
Despite all the changes in the Cardinals organization, the team's pitching rotation remains very much the same, the team defense is strong enough to contend, batting should not be heavily affected by the loss of Pujols, and the the Cards have the luxury of playing in a relatively weak NL Central. It seems clear that winning the NL Central is a definite possibility for the organization.