The Cards will have money available; that we know. We also know they need a shortstop, SP, and bullpen help. Those are priorities. John Mozeliak was saying, in the St. Louis Post- Dispatch that he plans to be active this offseason.
He could choose to go after a closer and/or a big bat. The impact-bat search has been a hot topic lately, and I'll share two reasons why I think we'll have one in St. Louis next April.
Mo dug around on Matt Holliday and Jason Bay at the deadline. They'd both classify as big-time sluggers. Neither of those seem realistic now, although Holliday will be shopped this offseason. If I was Mozeliak, I'd have this shopping list made out:
-Shortstop: Mo needs to find something better than a Cesar Izturis/Aaron Miles platoon. That should be a huge priority.
-Bullpen help: LHRP tops the list. Add in a closer as well.
-Slugger to protect Albert: Albert's unhappy. He needs more than a streaky Glaus and a breakout Ludwick behind him.
-SP: Sabathia, Lohse, and Sheets will be too expensive. But Derek Lowe, Oliver Perez, Ryan Dempster, and Jon Garland are good options as well.
Well, there you have it. I'd also try to find a way to dump Kennedy. If you agree or disagree, let me know. Let's all hope Mo shows a creative side this winter.