Meh. I tend to agree with this article about the Cardinals.
Furcal is old and hasn't played more than 100-120 games in a season since about 2009. Descalso is a good glove, no hit 2Baseman.
Holiday is 32 years old. Beltran turns 36 this April. Carpenter will be 38 in April.
I was impressed with how Wainwright and Carpenter came back and pitched. But I think their best years are behind them due to injuries and possibly age. They will still be solid, but not great.
I think their young pitchers will have to prove themselves all over again as the book is now out on them. Kind of like how Mike Leake's season went now that he's been scouted over and over.
Yes. The Cardinals amazingly keep reloading with guys like Craig, Lynn, Freese, Jay and Kozma. But I think if you look at the key positions - age and chronic injuries are starting to catch up with them - Beltran, Furcal, etc.