St. Louis gave up a lot to get one season of Jason Heyward, sending Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta for the impending free agent outfielder and reliever Jordan Walden.
In the past the Cardinals have had success acquiring a short-term player and signing him to a long-term contract extension before he hits the open market, but it doesn’t sound like that will be happening with Heyward.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Heyward and reports that “there have not been substantive talks about an extension” and “there’s been no pressure from either side to hasten a deal.”
Heyward has had a good but not great season, starting slow and playing well recently on the way to hitting .286 with nine homers, 18 steals, and a .772 OPS to go with his always outstanding defense in right field. At age 26 he’s in line for a big payday and the Cardinals will receive draft pick compensation if he turns down a qualifying offer to sign elsewhere.
Heyward has talked repeatedly about how much he likes playing in St. Louis and certainly seems very interested in remaining there beyond this season, but it’s possible that both sides want to see what his market looks like as a free agent before making a commitment.
Matt Holliday was placed on the disabled list Tuesday after suffering a right quad injury in the outfield Monday night in Denver. An MRI was taken, and the official diagnosis is in …
Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams suffered a Grade 3 strain in late May and needed surgery, leaving it doubtful that he will be able to return this season. Holliday’s strain isn’t nearly as severe and he should make it back later this summer. Randal Grichuk figures to become an everyday player now for the Cardinals. He’s starting in right field on Tuesday night against the Rockies, with Jon Jay getting the nod in left field and Peter Bourjos covering center. Jason Heyward is on the bench against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa.
Holliday was batting .303 with a .417 on-base percentage through 52 games this season for the Cardinals, who still hold the best record in Major League Baseball despite losing Adams a few weeks ago and Adam Wainwright in April. Setup man Jordan Walden has also been out since April with a shoulder strain.
Right-hander Jordan Walden was initially placed on the disabled list earlier this week with biceps inflammation, but now the Cardinals have announced that he’ll miss 6-10 weeks with a strained/torn shoulder muscle.
Acquired from the Braves as part of the Jason Heyward trade this offseason, Walden posted a 0.87 ERA and 12/4 K/BB ratio in 10 innings for the Cardinals. He has a 3.00 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings for his 243-appearance career along with a mid-90s fastball, so it’s a tough loss for St. Louis’ bullpen.