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St. Louis Cardinals: 3 Holes Cards Must Address at the Deadline
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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak speaks at a news conference during spring training in March.

As St. Louis gears up for the final 66 games of the regular season, a strong push for the playoffs is the main focus. The race for the National League Central Division is closer than it has been all season.

Having taken two of three from Milwaukee before heading into the All-Star break, St. Louis (52-44) sits a game behind the division leaders. The Cardinals are in a prime position for an epic battle for a spot in this year’s postseason tournament.

However, with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline two weeks out, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak will be a busy man for the foreseeable future. I wouldn’t be surprised if he barricades himself in the office, crunching numbers and working the phones. I imagine sleep will be hard to come by for Mozeliak.

After all, there is plenty of work to do.

The Cardinals have plenty of needs as the trade deadline approaches. Most already know the offense has been a vast disappointment thus far. And the torn ligament in Yadier Molina’s thumb that required (possibly season-ending) surgery and sidelined him for eight to 12 weeks only further complicated matters.

Injuries to starting pitchers Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia have left the rotation hurting. And the power outage from sluggers Matt Holliday and Allen Craig has kept the offense in neutral.

So let’s take a deeper look into the biggest vacancies the Cardinals need to fill at the deadline.

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