Cardinals have at least contemplated run at Scherzer

Though the market for marquee free agent Max Scherzer isn’t likely to fully develop until after Jon Lester makes his decision, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman suggests that the Cardinals have at least discussed possibly making a run at Scherzer.

This could simply be a matter of the Cardinals doing their due diligence, however, as general manager John Mozeliak recently downplayed any potential interest in the top remaining free agent starters such as Lester or Scherzer. That said, Mozeliak added that the Cardinals will “”definitely be on the sidelines watching” as the pitching market continues to develop.

The belief for the time being is that the Cards would be more interested in adding a mid-tier starter, if anything, though they certainly have the means to make a bigger splash if the opportunity presents itself. Either way, St. Louis seems content on its in-house options if nothing comes to fruition, so the clubs seems unlikely to enter a bidding war or overpay for any particular starter.

Again, Scherzer’s market should come more into focus once Lester makes his decision, which is expected to come no later than Tuesday.

— Paul Casella

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