Based on the Cardinals' end-of-season press conference, fans of the team can stop daydreaming for star free agents Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole. But, will the Redbirds really make no moves? In this edition of Inside Pitch, sports columnists Ben Frederickson and Jeff Gordon make the realistic additions they would like to see.
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No surprise here: Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel sets the Cardinals' chances of signing any of the Big Three (Cole, Rendon, Strasburg) at 0 to 3 percent. But what about lefty starters Bumgarner and Keuchel, or righty Odorizzi? Power-hitting 3B Moustakas? In-house candidate Ozuna?
Carlos Martinez and Alex Reyes still have time to prove their stardom is delayed, not stardom denied.
Baseball Prospectus runs the numbers and projects Cardinals as a losing team, in third place in the division. They've outplayed the numbers before.