St. Louis Cardinals

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The same mediocrity at the top of the division that’s kept the Pirates in it has done the same for the Cardinals. But St. Louis also has a more marketable commodity than any likely-to-be-available Buc in righthander Lance Lynn.

A free agent at season’s end, Lynn has caught fire in his past three starts, allowing just a single run in that span. His 21 homers allowed in 114 ⅓ innings are a warning sign, to be sure, but in an environment that has the likes of Jaime Garcia becoming a coveted commodity, the Cardinals have to at least test the market to see what they can get.