By Steve Ungrey on June 3, 2014
Even though the St. Louis Cardinals have been very successful in the last several years, there is always room for improvement. Here are five areas where the Cardinals could use reinforcements or at least a new coat of paint that will help the team weather the storms of future seasons.
Yadier Molina has been around for a while and his numbers are still quite good, but the team has to plan for a future without the perennial All-Star involved. Tony Cruz is Molina's backup in St. Louis, which is quite a drop off should something happen to Molina this year or in future seasons.
The Cardinals' rotation of Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller is one of the best in baseball. Struggles at the fifth spot have included injuries to Joe Kelly and Jaime Garcia, so the team should think about drafting more starting pitching and grooming another star or two for the future.
Allen Craig, Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter can all play first base, but Carpenter looks like he is good to go at third in the future and Craig may be squeezed out due to a crowded outfield. It might not be bad for the Cardinals to look at a first baseman for possible future trade bait.
One of the problems with the Cardinals this season has been lights-out closing. Although Trevor Rosenthal had 16 saves entering the month of June, one need only look to players like Jason Motte and Carlos Martinez to see how vulnerable this spot really is in case something goes wrong.
Jhonny Peralta has a four-year deal worth $ 53 million in hand, but Daniel Descalso is the backup shortstop. Peralta may or may not stay in St. Louis at the conclusion of his deal, but even if he does Peralta would be a 14-year big leaguer who is 35 years old in 2017. The team may want to look at drafting the shortstop of the future.
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