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.