(ST. LOUIS) — After just missing out on a second straight trip to the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals are left with having to decide who will be with the club next season. General Manager John Mozeliak doesn’t see pitcher Kyle Lohse or first baseman Lance Berkman back with the team next season.
Lohse’s fifth season with the Cardinals was arguably the best season of his 12-year career. In 2012, Lohse went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts.
“I suspect the free agent market will treat him kindly,” Mozeliak said. “And when you see the depth we have coming, it’s not something i’m prepared to rule out today, but I would say it’s probably unlikely at this time.”
Meanwhile, Berkman’s future in Major League Baseball overall is a question mark. He was slowed down by knee problems this season, limiting him to just 32 games. Berkman hasn’t decided if he will retire or continue playing, but he’s still not likely to continue his career in St. Louis.
“It’s hard to imagine us finding a fit for him here,” Mozeliak said. “I don’t know what his expectations are, what he envisiosn his role being, but clearly getting every-day at-bats for the St. Louis Cardinals would be very remote.”
One change that the team has confirmed is that bullpen coach Dyar Miller will not return next season.
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Stephan Rockefeller, EastIdahoNews.com
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