When the 2013 World Series comes to an end, the St. Louis Cardinals will be an intriguing team to watch this offseason, whether they take home the title or not. With an absolutely loaded farm system, and with an ability to showcase some of their young arms on a national stage this offseason, they could be players for some of the upper tier players available on the trade market.
At the same time, what some of these young arms, like Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez, have done (other than dominate in the late innings of ballgames) is throw the picture of the Cardinals’ rotation into a bit of a haze. Not that having too many starters, and too many young arms, isn’t a good problem to have.
The Cardinals have Adam Wainwright at the top of their rotation and have been rolling with Joe Kelly and Michael Wacha as their second and third starters this postseason, with the latter of the two looking like a potentially dominant starter, albeit in a limited sample size.
Add in Shelby Miller, who had a very good regular season as a rookie for the Cards, along with Rosenthal and Martinez, each of which could make an impact as a starter, and you have a crowded group. Not only that, you have a group of young arms with frighteningly dominant stuff.
Which leaves little room for a guy like Lance Lynn. Lynn had a very up and down year for the Cardinals, which was plagued by issues avoiding the big inning and remaining out of his own head. There’s a market for a guy like Lynn, though, who has been a reliable starter for the most part in his time in St. Louis.
If the Cardinals were to go after a guy like Max Scherzer, it would only make their rotation picture even more cloudy. Even if they were to include a young arm or two in a potential deal, it still doesn’t look like there’s room for Lynn in the picture. Any way you slice it, his start in Game 4 of the World Series has a very real potential of being his last as a member of the Cardinals organization.