The St. Louis Cardinals were the best team in the National League last season. Whether you use the measuring stick of regular-season record or simply the idea of which team represents the league in the World Series, the Cardinals were the answer either way in 2013.
The team went into the offseason with very few holes to fill and an impressively strong farm system to help fill in the holes. They did not need to make substantial moves to lay claim to being just as good next season. John Mozeliak, the general manager of the club, still saw a few ways he could improve the club.
Armed with a very short shopping list, Mozeliak went to work. Just a few months after the final out of the World Series, the National League champions have retooled their roster and made sweeping changes.
In the process, did they improve? Can they contend next year with the changes they made?
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