Cardinals Looking to Rebuild Leadership

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JUPITER, Fla. • Fair or not, loss more than gain defined the Cardinals’ offseason.

Their earned-run average leader became a free agent, as did the first baseman found among the top 10 in voting for the previous season’s National League Most Valuable Player Award.

The man who strong-armed the club to its remarkable World Series championship now is out, hoping to regain normalcy in his right shoulder, arm and hand.

A utility player once deemed a starter at center field and second base was dealt.

The bullpen’s most veteran member left to rehabilitate his career in the American League.

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