3 Moves the Cardinals Need to Make Before the 2022 MLB Season Starts

Larry Rupp
Three moves the St. Louis Cardinals need to make before the 2022 MLB season starts.
Three moves the St. Louis Cardinals need to make before the 2022 MLB season starts. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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The St. Louis Cardinals have quietly climbed back to the top of the NL Central, making the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. A roster headlined by Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt is sure to make some noise in the division once again, but it could use some fine tuning before Opening Day arrives in April.

First-year manager Oliver Marmol still has some crucial questions to answer and may even feel the need to bring in a free agent or two. With that in mind, here are three moves the Cardinals should make before the 2022 MLB season starts.

Cardinals Offseason Moves

1. Sign Matthew Boyd to Bolster Rotation

One reason the Cardinals were able to sneak into the playoffs last season was the success of their starting rotation. St. Louis finished with the National League's seventh-best ERA (3.98), but heads into this season lacking veteran depth. Ljay Newsome and Drew VerHagen are expected to be the first ones called upon in case of injury. While both players lack much MLB experience, Matthew Boyd continues to sit on the open market. The former Detroit Tiger posted a career-best 3.89 ERA in 2021 and averaged just 2.6 walks per nine innings pitched. Signing Boyd to a short-term deal is a smart way to make sure a backup plan is in place.

2. Add a Dynamic Outfielder to the Mix

St. Louis' outfield spots are all but set with Tyler O'Neill, Dylan Carlson and Harrison Bader leading the way. The bench options are less than ideal, though. Lars Nootbar posted a .239 batting average across 58 games last season and Juan Yepez has yet to make his MBL debut. The Cardinals need reliable DH options and late-inning pinch-hitters if they want any shot of winning the NL Central. A few names that stick out on the free agent market include Eddie Rosario, Tommy Pham and Kevin Pillar. Simply finding a player capable of filling in on rest days would be a great decision by the front office.

3. Avoid the Temptation to Name Alex Reyes Closer

The idea of Alex Reyes taking back the role of closer makes a lot of sense. His arsenal of pitches is downright nasty and he dominated in the first half of 2021. However, his high walk rate eventually caught up to him and he was moved to being a setup man. That is when Giovanny Gallegos took over as closer and never looked back. The 30-year-old provided late inning stability and finished the year with 14 saves and a 3.02 ERA. Overall, Gallegos owns an impressive 2.74 ERA across four seasons as a Cardinal (157 appearances). That consistency alone should keep him locked into the closer role. Add in the recent injury news, and this is a no-brainer.

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