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The bulk of the blame for the Cardinals' lost 2016 season came down on a defense that proved to be more porous than Cardinal Nation has come to expect.

The Cardinals are supposed to be sound in the run prevention department. They are supposed to stifle offense, encourage pitchers to elicit groundballs and deliver more web gems than plays not made.

That wasn't the case this season. Ask poor Mike Leake.

This offseason the Cardinals plan to pursue a defensive upgrade in center field through free agency or trade. That suggests answers for the infield will need to come from within — unless the market forces a change in direction.

So, what is the best defensive infield the current Cardinals can present in 2017?

Let's take a look.

(Note: Advanced fielding statistics come from Fielding Bible, via Bill James Online)

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