The St. Louis Cardinals have been very busy so far in offseason. They have made two key additions to their team, in Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller. Usually, I would be writing this being upset at the fact that the Cardinals had made little to no moves. However, this offseason is completely different.
The Cardinals started the offseason off hot by getting Goldschmidt early on in what was an absolute steal of a trade. They traded Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, and Andy Young for Goldschmidt. Basically, they traded two good players who did not have a spot on the Cardinals and one younger prospect.
Weaver was had a subpar season year last year, and did not look like he was going to improve this year. Along with that, the rotation did not lend itself well to Weaver getting back into it. Currently, the rotation stands at Miles Mikolas, Carlos Martinez, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright. That is also not including Dakota Hudson, or John Gant. So, Weaver was expendable.
With Carson Kelly, he was always going to be behind Yadier Molina in the rotation, so he was never going to play. Molina said at the end of the 2018 season he would play the final three years of his contract out, so Kelly would be behind him. Just like Weaver, Kelly was absolutely expendable.
Goldschmidt immediately makes the Cardinals not only a favorite in the NL Central, but in the entire National League. He has been a MVP favorite most years and now gives the Cardinals batting lineup instant credibility. That is something they have lacked in the past few years. Of course the signing of Marcell Ozuna did help, but it did not make the Cardinals lineup threatening to pitchers. Now, with Goldschmidt added, the Cardinals lineup is a force to be reckoned with in the NL.
The most recent addition is a big one too in Andrew Miller. Miller comes over after two good years in Cleveland with the Indians and gives the Cardinals bullpen help that they have desperately needed.
Miller most likely will come in and be the closer for the Cardinals, as Jordan Hicks showed last year he was a little too unreliable in the big situations. Miller gives the veteran presence that the bullpen has been missing. Last year, there was a lot of youth in the Cardinals bullpen, after bringing up players like Daniel Poncedeleon and others. Miller is the veteran that they have needed in the bullpen.
The Cardinals have filled up two major holes they had in team, and they are not done yet. It looks like the Cardinals realize that they were just missing a few pieces in their team after last year’s abysmal collapse. They went out and were aggressive in making moves. Of course, it is hard to expect Matt Carpenter and others to have similar seasons as they did last year, but these additions should make up for that potential let down. To say the least, Cardinals fans should be very excited for next year.