Not only did the Cardinals lose out on Jason Heyward – they lost out while offering the most overall money, according to Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch. Two sources tell Goold that the Cardinals’ offer was greater in guaranteed value while the Cubs had the higher annual average value, at $23MM/year. As Goold notes, this marks the second time this winter that the Cardinals made a serious run at one of the winter’s top free agents and came up short. The other instance, of course, being their failed pursuit of David Price.
Here’s a roundup of reactions to Heyward’s massive new deal with the Cubs:
- The Cubs’ signing of Jason Heyward has left the Cardinals feeling jilted, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. Now, the Cardinals must move on and add at least one significant piece, Hochman opines. The writer suggests that the Cards should sign Alex Gordon toplay right field or first base, with Stephen Piscotty playing the other.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports discussed Cubs president Theo Epstein, who now finds himself at the helm of baseball’s newest juggernaut. Within the article, Rosenthal writes that rival execs say Epstein has long been fixated on Heyward, going back to his early days with the Braves. Rosenthal also feels that the Cubs were motivated to sign Heyward and Lackey, in part, because they were effectively taking pieces away from the rival Cardinals.
- Things have changed in Chicago, as evidenced by the free agent additions of Heyward, Lackey, and Ben Zobrist, Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com writes. Back in November, Epstein says that he didn’t envision the Cubs being able to do two deals in the range of $100MM this offseason. Things quickly changed, however.
- The Cubs now have a monster lineup headlined by Heyward, Phil Rogers of MLB.com writes.