A Cardinals team that has moved on from Carlos Martinez, Marcell Ozuna and Dexter Fowler -- without adding anything to the equation -- is probably not going to be a very good Cardinals team.
And you are not going to punt on your two starting corner outfielders this soon into spring, if they are remotely healthy.
It's about results with Fowler. Not the spring stats, but how he looks, swings, moves on the bases, etc. We can talk all we want about his positive attitude, his great relationship with Shildt, and so on, but the results need to speak for themselves. He's going to get that chance.
As for Ozuna, as I said here last week, the focus is going to be on the bat. If it pops, like it did not last year, he's gonna play. His arm was bad last year, and he was still one of the team's most reliable hitters, even though the power was not there. If the power is there, he plays. He's been mashing balls this spring. The arm remains a work in progress. So does his overall conditioning, it seems. He got mad about people questioning his offseason workouts, but the truth is he showed up heavy and with an arm that needs work. Instagram videos of his offseason workouts don't change that.
As for Martinez, the Cardinals are more prepared than I think most realize to roll without him in the rotation. You are seeing another reason why. The options are there for others -- like Alex Reyes and Dakota Hudson -- to ascend. Carlos is making it easier. The team's patience with Martinez has thinned for some time now, dating back to last spring. He's been shopped, but there were no takers at the asking price. If he can contribute but can't stay healthy enough to make starts, the Cardinals will have no problems putting him in the bullpen. He's pitched well there and he's going to get his money no matter what. Anyone who thought Carlos would be the opening day starter, even if healthy, was missing the signs.