ST. LOUIS, Mo. (BaseballStL) -- The Angels are pretty much the model franchise for making franchise decisions partly based on, well, not what is going on with the Angels. The Dodgers are the talk of the LA by going out and getting Zack Greinke? Fine, they'll go get Josh Hamilton and make it even.
The Cardinals don't play that game. If other teams in their own division or region make huge splashes, good for them. Congrats on getting your fan base excited and winning the press conference championship. If that's what you were going for, then you succeeded.
Unfortunately, that little trophy Bud Selig hands out at the conclusion of the World Series isn't based on those press conferences.
GM John Mozeliak knows this and acts accordingly. If his fan base is frustrated by a lack of action then so be it. He, I'm sure, would not prefer it that way. But he's going to deal with a little frustration as opposed to going out and spending dollars that don't need to be spent.
The Reds got Shin-Soo Choo. So what?
The Pirates acquired Francisco Liriano. Ok....
Does that mean the Cardinals have to go sign Michael Bourn or something like that? Please.
The Redbirds just made it all the way to the NLCS last year and were a win away from a repeat appearance in the World Series. This team doesn't need a whole lot of change. Why change what's working?
The old saying goes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". That certainly applies here.
GM's and front office executives who simply change for the sake of change don't last long in this business. They react to what's going on around them. They succumb to the pressure of external forcers. And, ultimately, they fail.
Have a plan. Stick to the plan. Get what you need and be done.
The Cardinals, therefore, don't need much. They identified two major needs this offseason and, to them, have satisfied them both. Randy Choate will fill the role of lefty specialist and Ty Wigginton fills the role of right-handed bat off the bench who can hit for a little bit of power.
From there, the Cards believe they can stick with the status quo. And after watching them advance to the NLCS last season...sticking with the status quo isn't exactly the worst thing in the world.