Top 5 Free Agents the St. Louis Cardinals Should Sign

Credit: Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports

Jason Heyward

With the tragic death of Oscar Taveras in late October of 2014, the Cardinals instantly reacted by sending promising young pitcher Shelby Miller to the Atlanta Braves for Jason Heyward. The right fielder was one of the best in the game and the Cardinals did the right thing by immediately addressing their need.

Heyward was in the last year of his contract in 2015 and had an excellent year in St. Louis. He hit .293 with 13 home runs and 60 RBIs while stealing 23 bases. His WAR total of 6.5 last season gives you a better idea of his worth. Something about those old statistics just doesn’t give true worth to getting on base and playing outstanding defense. Heyward is a defensive specialist totaling 2.0 in defensive WAR alone.

The Cardinals will have a tough time re-signing Heyward. He is only 26, and there are whispers he could get eight-year contract at almost $200 million dollars in total. That is a lot of money to commit to a player that has yet to hit .300, drive in 100 runs or slug 30 home runs in the big leagues. Frankly Heyward might not ever achieve those numbers, but he does the little things that make your team better. How much will he get on the open market? We will see, but the Cardinals should be players all the way till the end regardless of where he goes.

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