Jason Heyward open to signing an extension beyond Opening Day

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Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward said he doesn’t have any reason to rebuff talks about a contract extension once the season starts, according to a report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Heyward explained, “They asked me to be here and I was traded into this situation, and it’s a good situation. For me, I just feel like I need to show up and do my job, kind of follow their lead with certain things. Me, I’m going to show up every day and look to play the game the right way and have fun doing it. After that, we’ll see what happens.”

Heyward, 25, is entering the last year of a two-year, $13.3 million deal deal he had signed with the Braves. He can become a free agent after the season.

Heyward batted .271/.351/.384 while compiling 6.3 Wins Above Replacement last season, per Baseball Reference. The Cardinals acquired him and reliever Jordan Walden from the Braves in November in exchange for pitcher Shelby Miller and minor leaguer Tyrell Jenkins.

Mike Trout to undergo foot surgery

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Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is done for the year, per a team press release. He’ll undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot sometime over the next week, which will likely require a recovery period that stretches beyond the two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Trout, 28, has been day-to-day with a foot injury since the first week of September. On Monday, he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat the neuroma on his right foot, but evidently requires further treatment to resolve the issue completely. Per manager Brad Ausmus, Trout ‘tested his foot by running’ on Sunday and found he was still experiencing too much pain to play, prompting his decision to undergo season-ending surgery.

This figures to be the first major setback Trout has seen since his thumb surgery in 2017, but there’s no reason to believe his current ailment will have any substantial effect on his 2020 season. Still, it’s an unfortunate end to another monster campaign by the eight-time All-Star and AL MVP contender, who will finish his 2019 season batting .291/.438/.645 with an AL-best 45 home runs, .1083 OPS, and league-leading 8.6 fWAR.