For the majority of the early offseason, Cardinal fans were itching for Cardinals' general manager John Mozeliak to sign a solid center fielder. One pending physical and late-night flight to St. Louis later, the Cardinals acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Chicago Cubs on December 9, 2016. After the Cardinals signed the contract with Fowler, the outfield was set for success.

The following is the projected starters for the outfield in 2017: