Ben Frederickson: Final thoughts from Cardinals spring training, including one on the continued recruitment of Arenado

JUPITER, Fla. — Nolan Arenado’s called-shot home run Monday to wrap up his first spring training with the Cardinals was a reminder of the star power the team boldly acquired this offseason. Should we just assume he will burn bright in St. Louis for years to come? Not so fast. There were two looming what-ifs when the trade to obtain him was made. The first was the unknown status of Arenado’s shoulder after an injury to it sapped his power at the plate last season. Judging by the third baseman’s comments and more importantly his swings this spring, including the one that sent a ball that was inc…

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HEDGE accordingly