free agents 2016: Cardinals miss out on David Price; now what?

Baseball The Cardinals finished runner-up to the Red Sox in the David Price chase, USA Today reported, so now where does general manager John Mozeliak look for the starting pitcher he thinks he needs to keep pace in the rugged NL Central?Price and Jordan Zimmermann (Tigers) are off the market, and, according to St. Louis', Zack Greinke always was going to be too expensive and the Cardinals have no interest in Johnny Cueto. MORE: Greatest Red Sox of all time | Spector: Signing makes Sox AL favorites in '16There are aging alternatives such as Joh

n Lackey, Mark Buerhle and Bartolo Colon, and cycling through a partial list of available arms, the report mentions Mike Leake, Jeff Samardzija, Wei-Yin Chen, Scott Kazmir, Ian Kennedy, Mat Latos, Yovani Gallardo and Doug Fister. And while Mozeliak continues to court very expensive free-agent right fielder Jason Heyward and possibly covets super utilityman Ben Zobrist, whose value clearly is appreciating on the open market, the Cardinals face this reality: There will be no discounts on starting pitching this offseason.Notes a J.A. Happ can command $36 million over three years from the Toronto Blue Jays, that gives you an idea of the inflated market value for starting pitching. This won’t be easy. Mozeliak will have to (A) gulp and make a trade; (B) gulp and overpay a free agent; (C) gulp and do nothing and hope some of the young pitching gets on the fast track to St. Louis; (D) gulp and wait and make your move before the 2016 trade deadline next July.