The Cardinals have a good offense. Not great, but good.
One thing the fans (and the manager) have been clamoring for is the addition of an impact bat. Now, the Cards have a solid core with Pujols, Glaus, Ankiel and Ludwick, but another run producer in the lineup would be very welcome.
John Mozeliak, VP/General Manager has kicked the tires on Matt Holliday and Jason Bay. Bay was shipped to Boston at the deadline, and Holliday stayed put. If I was Mo, I'd explore the options out there and determine if there is a bat to be had.
The team has a ton of valuable prospects to dangle to potential suitors. Who knows? Ludwick would also be a trade candidate given his sudden rise to stardom, and at age 30, is hardly a prospect anymore.
I would hope that the team would be able to pull off a deal for a slugger this winter, if they wish. The middle infield and bullpen are likely the first priorities though.
Aside from Holliday, who will likely be traded this winter, there are a handful of other options as well. Dan Uggla from Florida is up for arbitration and the Marlins refuse to hand out big deals. He may get shipped out.
If the Cards look hard enough, they will find the right match. Question is: Do they pull the trigger?