Without delay I can say that the St. Louis Cardinals had a successful 2013 season. They were just a couple of wins away from being the best team in MLB. Consider that level of success you figure they will probably be fairly happy with the team that took the field but instead they are one of the teams that have changed the most key players from a year ago. Why would they do such a think? They do that kind of thing because they know how not only to win once but to be a winning team every season.
Matt Carpenter had a great season in 2013 at second base but they also have been waiting patiently for top second base prospect Kolten Wong to come of age. To make room they traded David Freese to open up third base for Carpenter and filled an outfield hole with Peter Bourjos in the process. They have outfield options open enough however that they still can hope top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras could take a mostly everyday spot.
To recap we have to add the signing of free agent shortstop and slugger Jhonny Peralta. With that addition it is possible that the National League Champs could field four new players from the team that nearly won it all one season ago. It is also very likely an upgrade at every position while they keep the veteran leadership at the core. Folks, that right there is how a successful baseball team is supposed to be run.