So far this offseason the Cardinals have been one of the teams most strongly linked to Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is very available and St. Louis needs a middle of the order bat, so the fit is obvious.

A middle of the order power bat is not the only thing the Cardinals need this winter, however. They also need to overhaul the back end of their bullpen with Trevor Rosenthal lost to Tommy John surgery (he's since been released) and Seung-Hwan Oh becoming a free agent. Oh led the club with 20 saves in 2018 and Rosenthal was second with 11.

In an effort to reinforce their relief crew, the Cardinals are reportedly interested in Rays closer Alex Colome, who led MLB with 47 saves this past season.

Colome, 28, has saved 84 games the last two seasons, and saves pay well in arbitration. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $5.5 million in 2018, and the Rays are generally not a team that pays big for a closer. They don't have enough room in the payroll for an expensive reliever, so Colome being mentioned as a trade candidate certainly makes sense.

Over the last two seasons Colome has thrown 123 1/3 innings with a 2.63 ERA (156 ERA+) and 129 strikeouts, a performance that earned him a selection to the 2016 All-Star Game. He is not a rental. Colome is under team control through the 2020 season, so he's a potential three-year pickup. He's someone the Cardinals could plug into the ninth inning for the next several years.