After coming to an agreement with the players association, MLB has introduced a few rule changes for the 60-game 2020 season. Perhaps none of them is more intriguing than having every team in the National League have a designated hitter for the upcoming season, including the St. Louis Cardinals.

The big picture: With MLB implementing a universal DH for the 2020 season, these are the most likely candidates to be the Cardinals’ DH.

A steady source of good wood: Matt Carpenter

For a better part of the 2010’s, Matt Carpenter was the Cardinals’ most consistent hitter. During 2012-2018 which saw him earn three All-Star game appearances Carpenter:

Averaged 19 home runs with 69 RBI

Had a slash line of .275/.377/.471 with a OPS of .849

Led the majors in runs (126), hits (199) and doubles (55) in 2013

Carpenter was also a fringe-MVP candidate in 2018, hitting 36 home runs and driving in 81 run. But Carpenter failed to carry his momentum over to last season.