Quiet Cardinals Still an Elite MLB Team

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 Now, despite some notable subtractions from the 2011 World Series championship club over in the past 14 months -- a list that now includes newly signed Rangers DH Lance Berkman -- the Cardinals remain NL elite. And as Mike Matheny further matures into the managerial role, Adam Wainwright further distances himself from his 2011 Tommy John procedure and young guys like Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal and Shelby Miller find their footing in a Major League setting, the possibility of the Cards remaining elite is a strong one.

But it wouldn't be the winter if we didn't read too much into the activity on the transaction wire, or lack thereof. And the Cards' quietness raises more questions than answers.

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