Breaking Down All the Players Cardinals Are Rumored to Be Most Interested in

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Breaking Down All the Players Cardinals Are Rumored to Be Most Interested in
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The St. Louis Cardinals' offseason shopping list appears to be a fairly short and direct one.  The team is poised to make a change at shortstop and find a replacement for current starter Pete Kozma.  They have shown minor interest in a few players other than shortstops, but the vast majority of talk around the Cardinals has centered around various middle infielders that can fill the obvious need in the Cards' lineup.

Action at this point in the long, cold months without baseball games is at a typical level.  There is a lot of talk and a lot of rumors that begin to float around.  The team becomes linked to every player that is possibly being shopped.  Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com illustrates this well in his survey of baseball executives.  One executive surveyed voted for the Cardinals to be a landing place for Tampa Bay Rays ace pitcher David Price.  That seems a bit far-fetched, even for the most fanatical rumor purveyor.

Meanwhile, the team has seemingly shown interest in a number of free agents, mostly shortstops, thus far in the offseason.  The slides that follow take an in-depth look at each of these players, ranking them based on the team's suspected interest level.

All statistics in the following slides are sourced from Baseball-Reference.

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