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.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.