John Mozeliak did his best to keep any emotional reaction to last season’s disappointment at bay.
That was no easy task at times for the president of the St. Louis Cardinals, particularly following a season in which one of the National League’s premier franchises missed the playoffs for a second straight year — the first time they’ve been absent in back-to-back years since 2007-08.
“I’d like to think we maintained our logic,” Mozeliak said Saturday. “There’s no doubt that ownership on down stated we had to do something.”
The Cardinals made several additions in the offseason to a club that finished 83-79, third in the Central behind their rival Chicago Cubs and the upstart Milwaukee Brewers. Most notably, they plucked All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna away from the Miami Marlins last month as part of a payroll-inspired trade for four prospects.
St. Louis also added experience to its pitching staff with the signings of right-hander Miles Mikolas and reliever Luke Gregerson , but the question many Cardinals fans have is whether the additions are enough to chase down a Cubs team that’s reached the NL Championship Series in three straight years.
Making the question all the more relevant is the hole in St. Louis’ starting rotation with Lance Lynn still a free agent. Also, there’s the current glut of top free agents still in the market for jobs,…