With the baseball Winter Meetings just heating up, the St. Louis Cardinals have some options available through the free agent market.
While the Cardinals are not in need of anyone to simply throw money at to fill a position, they have the luxury of patience in 2012, which I'm sure they welcome after the chaotic foot race 2011 turned out to be.
The Cardinals are in need of an additional left-handed reliever to bolster their bullpen. Marc Rzepczynksi does not handle it well when he is the bullpen's only lefty, so the Cardinals will want to strengthen that side of the plate.
They are also in need of a veteran option at shortstop to backup Rafael Furcal. Reports came back positive about Furcal's elbow in November, but I would be leery of going into 2013 without a valid insurance policy.
Following are three options the Cardinals could go after.