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Is Heyward coming back?

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Jason Heyward is congratulated by Cardinals teammates after he drove in a run during the June 3 game against Milwaukee. Photo by Chris Lee,


QUESTION: What do you think the odds are that Jason Heyward will return to St. Louis?

GOOLD: At this point, I continue to see similarities between Heyward and Holliday. I have yet to hear anyone to suggest that the Cardinals aren't going to be the team that values what he brings as much or more than other teams. He's an interesting player because in an era of suppressed offense, he's not a middle-order hitter and yet is going to go out looking for middle-order dollars. He's got a complete game that's valuable. He's got an age that's intriguing to many teams. But what teams will be eager to pay that salary? At some point it would be the team that knows him best, and knows how he fits best.

FOLLOW-UP: How do you see the Cardinals' negotiations with Heyward proceeding? Do they tell him to go get another offer and then they'll try to beat it — so as to assure they're not bidding against themselves?

GOOLD: Past history suggests the Cardinals will talk with Heyward about his priorities and what he wants to get from a deal -- higher AAV, longer security -- and then use that as a framework to make an offer, but it's one that they are pretty sure he'll consider before they make it. The Cardinals rarely make an offer and want it shopped around. They'll try to gather intel before ever tabling their final offer. That's sometimes why it drags on.

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