The St. Louis Cardinals came out of the 2013 World Series in a hurry to prepare for the team’s next shot.
It was only a few weeks before John Mozeliak had made a pair of substantial moves addressing the team’s two most glaring needs from 2013—a shortstop and a center fielder.
The assumption was that the Cardinals would have to give up a portion of their coveted young pitching in order to make a deal happen. Mozeliak made it happen both through free agency and a deal trading David Freese, a local hero in need of a change of scenery.
Looking toward the future, each of those acquisitions is capable of having an impact on the 2014 Cardinals. Following is a prediction for each of the Cardinals’ four major offseason pickups.