David Freese, 3B: I want to start off by saying I am indeed a Freese supporter. It would be really difficult for myself and a lot of other fans to see the hometown hero turned away from St. Louis. However, his numbers haven't quite measured up this year. He's been extremely streaky, with a batting average of .261.
Freese would make excellent trade bait for a shortstop or a proven veteran pitcher who could bolster an already impressive roster. And Mozeliak has the depth to pull it off: Kolten Wong is getting his first taste of the majors and he would gladly take over second base, freeing up Matt Carpenter to take Freese's place at third.
The reason Freese is a "probable" and not a "definite" is that I am not convinced that this isn't just a down year. We know what he's been capable of in the past and he could have a repeat performance.
Jake Westbrook, SP: Westbrook has undoubtedly been having a difficult time lately. Injuries have plagued him and his 4.49 ERA leaves him at 7-8 on the season. He has been a third or fourth starter kind of guy, but the parade of rookie pitching that has been coming from the Cardinals minor league teams has overshadowed him and will probably continue to do so.
Westbrook has a contract through 2013 with a mutual option for next year. Whether he makes a move to the bullpen or to another team, it's probably about time for him to step aside. I'm thinking the rotation next year will have more of an Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn and Michael Wacha or Carlos Martinez kind of makeup.
The righty Westbook does have a nice veteran presence in the clubhouse and he's been reliable in the past. But if there's anything we've learned this year, it's that the Cardinals' young arms are hungry for some action.