With Jason Heyward on his way to the division-rival Cubs, the Cardinals are expected to make a run at free agent outfielder Alex Gordon, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The Giants and Angels appear to have checked in on Gordon, and the Royals are pursuing him as well.
The #Stlcards now have sights set on Alex Gordon and plan to aggressively pursue him now that they’re out on Heyward.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2015
Gordon, who will be 32 by the time next season starts, will be bringing in a hefty sum of money, especially after seeing the Hayward market unfold. Gordon hit .271/.377/.432 last season with a career-low in home runs, 13, while driving in only 48 runs in 104 games. Gordon’s biggest appeal may be his defense, as he is an elite defender, winning the Gold Glove award four times out of the last five years. The Cardinals could use Gordon in left field after next season when Matt Holliday’s contract will likely be up.
If Gordon signs elsewhere, the Cardinals may then go after the likes of Dexter Fowler, who has a career slash of .267/.363/.418, or get a starting pitcher in Johnny Cueto or Mike Leake. Cueto has a bad history with the Cardinals and hasn’t been seen as a fit, but losing out on Price and Heyward may change the Cardinals mind on the best remaining starting pitcher. With Heyward signing with the Cubs earlier today, this should open up the market for the rest of the outfielders still waiting to put pen to paper.