3 Biggest Remaining Priorities for Cardinals in 2023 Offseason

Adam Taylor McKillop
The three biggest remaining priorities for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2023 MLB offseason.
The three biggest remaining priorities for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2023 MLB offseason. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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While the St. Louis Cardinals have failed to rack up massive offseason spending bills like some of the other NL teams (the Mets, Phillies, Padres), they successfully navigated their top offseason priority. St. Louis inked a deal with Willson Contreras to add a proven catching option in the wake of Yadier Molina's retirement.

That's about the lone noteworthy move St. Louis has made this offseason, and they'll need to do more in order to secure a fifth straight postseason appearance in 2023. More importantly, to advance past the opening round, something the franchise hasn't done since 2019.

Here are the three biggest remaining priorities for the Cardinals' offseason in 2023.

Cardinals Offseason Priorities

1. Trade for Marlins Starting Pitcher Pablo Lopez

St. Louis missed the boat on the notable free-agent starting pitchers, and with those big names gone, acquiring another starting pitcher can be best accomplished through trade. Miami Marlins ace (alongisde Sandy Alcantara) Pablo Lopez has floated in trade rumors dating back to the midseason mark. He'll turn 27 in 2023 and put together another fine performance last year, pitching his third consecutive season with a sub-3.75 ERA mark. Lopez isn't in the same class as the Carlos Rodon's or Jacob deGrom's of the world, but he'll easily slot into a No. 2 or No. 3 role in the Cardinals starting rotation.

2. Ensure Jordan Walker a Roster Spot Before Spring Training

Even though he's only played as high as Double-A, a bright future is imminent for No. 1 prospect Jordan Walker. The No. 6 best prospect in all of baseball, Walker displays that superstar potential missing from the Cardinals outfield. A combo third baseman and outfielder, Walker's bat does the talking for him, recording at least an .830 OPS mark (or better) at every stop of his minor league journey. Since the Cardinals don't have a ton of viable proven MLB options left in free agency, it's time to give Walker a serious look at the major league level.

3. Take a Flier on Aaron Hicks

The New York Yankees have an Aaron Hicks problem, a player with endless potential of talent but desperately needs a change of scenery. He hasn't lived up to the expectations of his contract thus far and the Yankees may be willing to help eat some of his contract in order to move off from the versatile outfielder. He's got a plus arm and plus defensive metrics, and a powerful switch-hitting bat. Will a change of scenery help Hicks recreate his 2018 season in which he smacked 27 home runs and nearly 100 RBIs?

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