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.
I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.
While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.
There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.
Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.
Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.
Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice. And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.