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Will the St. Louis Cardinals get better this offseason? Don’t count on it

Welcome to baseball’s silly season, the time when St. Louis Cardinals fans fantasize about all the shiny new ballplayers the team could but won’t sign in free agency.

The St. Louis front office behaves like a wealthy uncle who can afford a Bentley but drives a Ford Taurus — and complains about the car payments. Team president John Mozeliak might spring for a serviceable starting pitcher or outfielder, but past performance says we should curb our expectations.

That’s not much fun, though. We’d rather picture Anthony Rendon or Madison Bumgarner in a Cardinals uniform than face the fact that the famous free agents will likely sign elsewhere, leaving the 2020 Redbirds with the same shortcomings as the 2019 edition.