St. Louis Cardinals not ruling out more free agent signings

From FOX Sports - January 13, 2018

ST. LOUIS (AP)John Mozeliak did his best to keep any emotional reaction to last seasons disappointment at bay.

That was no easy task at times for the president of the St. Louis Cardinals, particularly following a season in which one of the National Leagues premier franchises missed the playoffs for a second straight yearthe first time theyve been absent in back-to-back years since 2007-08.

Id like to think we maintained our logic, Mozeliak said Saturday. Theres no doubt that ownership on down stated we had to do something.

The Cardinals made several additions in the offseason to a club that finished 83-79, third in the Central behind their rival Chicago Cubs and the upstart Milwaukee Brewers. Most notably, they plucked All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna away from the Miami Marlins last month as part of a payroll-inspired trade for four prospects.

St. Louis also added experience to its pitching staff with the signings of right-hander Miles Mikolas and reliever Luke Gregerson , but the question many Cardinals fans have is whether the additions are enough to chase down a Cubs team thats reached the NL Championship Series in three straight years.

Making the question all the more relevant is the hole in St. Louis starting rotation with Lance Lynn still a free agent. Also, theres the current glut of top free agents still in the market for jobs, including starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, whose signing could potentially swing the balance in the Central.

Mozeliak said he believes the Cardinals have already improved their roster from last season, both because of the Ozuna signing and because of the return of a healthy Alex Reyes to the pitching staff. That said, if Reyes elbow injury during spring training a year ago showed Mozeliak anything, its that the best-laid plans dont always pan out.

Thats why he wont rule out the possibility of any more signingsif the price is right.


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