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Mozeliak "exploring all avenues" for shortstop

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals haven't yet pulled the trigger on a big offseason player move, but general manager John Mozeliak has been busy talking with other clubs. It's no secret the Cardinals are looking for a new shortstop.

"Obviously we've been in the shortstop market," said Mozeliak on Wednesday. "We're looking to improve defensively in the outfield, or to add somebody to help with that. We're just trying to explore all our different avenues right now, and over the next couple of weeks we'll exhaust them."

The baseball winter meetings are scheduled for December 9-12th in Orlando, Florida. That's when a lot of clubs wheel and deal and make major changes to their roster. Mozeliak will no doubt be talking with other general managers in his search for a shortstop, while bargaining from a position of strength with his stable of young pitchers as possible trade bait.

"When you look at the different opportunities to get better there are places we can do that," said Mozeliak. "Most likely that'll come from outside the organization, not necessarily from within. We do have young players who are going to get the opportunity moving into 2014."

That list includes second baseman Kolten Wong and outfielder Oscar Taveras. An ankle injury cost Taveras most of his 2013 season, but Mozeliak says he expects Taveras to be at full strength when spring training begins in February.

"The one downside to his injury was that he didn't get to work on his defensive play this past season," said Mozeliak. "He's going to come to spring and have a normal camp, and hopefully from day one everybody realizes what kind of talent he is."

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