MLB.com reports the Cardinals are prepared to acquire a player after the start of spring training if the need arises.
According to the Web site, St. Louis has up to $7 million of "wiggle room" in its payroll. It might spend some of that cash if it beieves one of the team’s young players can’t fill a hole.
"As we move forward and get into spring, we should have a better idea of what that [greatest need] might be. It may be nothing. But it usually is always something and more than something," general manager John Mozeliak tells reporter Matthew Leach.
St. Louis’ biggest offseason move has been re-signing left fielder Matt Holliday. The Redbirds have also added pitcher Brad Penny to replace Joel Pineiro in the rotation. There still are question marks at third base, on the bench and in the bullpen.