After acquiring Nolan Arenando and re-signing Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, it had been reported the Cardinals were likely done spending. That is probably going to end up being the case. The team feels its needs are met, but one place that could always use more depth is pitching, specifically starting pitching. Knowing all that, it is not surprising the team has been linked to free agent starter Jake Odorizzi.
With most of the focus on free agent Taijuan Walker, Odorizzi might be the type of player that slides under the radar until the end of the offseason. After coming off a career-best year in 2019, injuries limited him to just 13 innings in 2020. Those injuries are not really anything that should cause problems in the future, though, and when healthy, Odorizzi has been a solid innings-eater. With a rotation full of potential, but question marks, maybe a move to raise the floor would be a smart one for the Cardinals.
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