St. Louis Cardinals: 3 Free Agents to Avoid at All Costs

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St. Louis Cardinals: 3 Free Agents to Avoid at All Costs
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Brendan Ryan is a free agent, but the Cardinals should steer clear.

With the 2013 MLB season in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for the St. Louis Cardinals to start thinking about 2014.

While players around the league are heading home to be with their families, front office personnel and general managers are in intense meetings as they map out a game plan.

The Cardinals are no exception.

With many players crossing the free agent threshold, the Cardinals have many unanswered questions.

The problem is that the crop of free agents is not the best. With Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann topping the list, the talent level drops pretty fast after the top 10.

While it’s possible the Cardinals could find themselves in the mix for a number of the top 10—namely Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran—there are also a few that I would recommend they avoid in their search.

For the most part, expect a shortstop pickup, but don’t rule out an outfielder that could either play center or spell Craig in right field on occasion.

Following are three free agents that I would recommend they steer clear of this winter.

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