The St. Louis Cardinals finished two wins shy of a World Championship in 2013. That fact would not suggest the team would need to make sweeping changes as it moves forward. The progression of top prospects, the migration of veteran free agents and the desire to not fall short next season will have the team looking at all of the options for 2014.
The offense fell flat during the postseason. The Cardinals managed to fight their way forward despite that fact. Joe Strauss of StlToday.com notes that big changes could be coming next season:
Change approaches — not a ripple, but a wave. It is conceivable the National League champions could return only three, maybe two, position players to their same stations next opening day.
That's not to say that some of the same players will not remain. Strauss is simply pointing out that some of the same faces might find themselves in different roles.
Read on to take a look at each offensive position for the team and what the future may hold.
All statistics are sourced from Baseball-Reference.com.
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