3 Star Players the Cardinals Should Target in MLB Free Agency
By Max Staley
The St. Louis Cardinals won the NL Central last season, but were quickly bounced by the Washington Nationals in the NLCS. In order for St. Louis to take the next step, the Cardinals' lineup might need to add a little more pop in the middle of the order.
Considering the Cardinals were the NL's sixth-worst team in terms of run scored (764), here are three batters the Cardinals could target in free agency.
1. Yasiel Puig, Cleveland Indians
As mentioned above, St. Louis' offense could use a bit more pop. The Cardinals hit only 210 home runs last season, which was the fourth-worst total in the NL and the worst mark among all NL teams that made the postseason. Yasiel Puig would instantly give this team a big bat in the middle of the order, as he hit 24 bombs last season.
2. Nicholas Castellanos, Chicago Cubs
This move would kill two birds with one stone, as signing Nicholas Castellanos would improve the Cardinals' lineup and weaken the division rival Chicago Cubs. Castellanos was a monster with Chicago last season, hitting 21 doubles and 16 home runs in just 52 games with the Cubs. Castellanos would give St. Louis a reliable veteran presence in the lineup, and he'd make a lot of sense for the Cardinals.
3. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
If St. Louis really wants to make a splash, Anthony Rendon would be an excellent signing here. Pairing Rendon with Paul Goldschmidt would give the Cardinals one of the most dangerous combinations of corner infielders in the league. He'd likely come with a hefty price tag after another incredible season in 2019, but signing Rendon could make the Cardinals legitimate World Series contenders right away.
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