Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Offseason Report Card: Nationals, Twins Score High Marks

Most Damaged

4. The Cardinals. Year in and year out, these guys are best judged over 12 months, not just the offseason. But Beltran leaves a hole in the middle of the order that the addition of Peter Bourjos won't offset, and Peralta arrives with questions about whether he'll be the same guy after his Biogenesis suspension. Chris Carpenter's innings can be easily replaced by the stable of young arms -- Carlos Martinez for a full season in the rotation, yes! -- but his presence will be missed in the way that the Rays' pitching staff missed James Shields last season.

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