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The Cardinals Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Cubs

Larry Rupp
The St. Louis Cardinals should steal starting pitcher Zach Davies away from the Chicago Cubs.
The St. Louis Cardinals should steal starting pitcher Zach Davies away from the Chicago Cubs. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals head into the 2022 MLB season looking to make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. This is a roster headlined by veteran stars like Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina. However, bringing in another free agent or two could really set the Cardinals apart in the NL Central.

St. Louis' starting rotation is all but set, yet the team lacks depth players capable of stepping in due to an injury or double-header. That could end up being crucial toward the end of the season. That is why the Cardinals should steal pitcher Zach Davies away from the divisional rival Chicago Cubs.

Cardinals Free Agency

Davies was not impressive last season by any means. He struggled to pitch consistently well and posted a 6-12 record to go along with a 5.78 ERA in 32 starts. Keep in mind that there was only one thing truly holding him back though, which was his tendency to walk opposing batters.

If the 29-year-old can decrease his walk rate in 2022, he should be able to regain the form he showed from 2019-2020. Davies posted a combined record of 17-11 during that span and never finished with an ERA over 3.55. He was able to be a reliable starter for two teams that made the postseason.

Rotowire projects the Cardinals' first starting option off the bench to be Ljay Newsome. That has to be worrisome given the 25-year-old has only pitched 30.1 innings in the major leagues so far. Newsome was mainly used as a long reliever last season and finished with a disappointing 7.98 ERA.

Taking a chance on Davies isn't a bad idea here. For now, the Cardinals have odds set at +1800 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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