The St. Louis Cardinals gave it their all this year, and they have a roster that is loaded for years to come. There are a couple of areas that need addressed this offseason, so let's check out what this team needs to do this winter.
No team has been able to replace players like the Cardinals. Albert Pujols left, and Allen Craig has replaced his production in the middle of the lineup. Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams have been great swinging the bat.
When the pitching staff got banged up, youngsters stepped in without missing a beat. Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook missed time this year with injuries, and Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly and Michael Wacha all exceeded expectations. Rookie Trevor Rosenthal turned into a dominant closer this year.
This roster is filled with young studs and has a few key veterans, so this offseason will be about filling a hole or two.
Let's check out what areas the team could improve this winter:
- Bench depth
If there's going to be a big signing by the club, it's going to be at shortstop.
Losing in the World Series is tough, but it shows that the team is on the verge of a championship if it can add a piece or two.
Stay tuned throughout the offseason as this will be updated multiple times per day.