The news broke early this afternoon. Jason Heyward will be the newest member of the Chicago Cubs. Reports are that he turned down a pair of offers expected to have been around $200 million over 10 years from both St. Louis and Washington to accept an 8 year, $184 million deal with the Cubs with a pair of opt out clauses. Those opt out clauses come at the end of the third and fourth years of the deal, so he could see free agency again as a 29 or 30 year old player.
John Mozeliak pulled off his first move of the winter meetings in typical John Mozeliak style. All was quiet, until it happened. That move would be adding infielder Jedd Gyorko and cash from the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. And at first glance, it seems like a great deal for the Cardinals.
Middle infield depth was something that Mozeliak spoke of needing to find this offseason to help handle the duties at second base and shortstop. Both Kolten Wong and Jhonny Peralta saw their usage skyrocket this season as a result of the struggling offense and injury plagued roster. As a result, their performances slipped heavily in the second half of the season.
It all started on Tuesday morning as news broke that David Price had agreed to a 7 year, $217 million deal with the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals had been the runners up. Not only that, but Price reportedly began a round of golf that morning with the expectation that he would be joining the Cardinals that afternoon, but Boston went $37 million over the top and Price agreed at lunch time to join the Red Sox.
This afternoon at 5 pm Eastern is the deadline for teams to make the qualifying offer to their outgoing free agents. For 2016, the qualifying offer is a 1 year deal worth approximately $15.8 million. If a player gets a week to decide whether to accept or decline the offer. If he declines the offer and goes on to sign with another team, the team he left receives a compensatory draft pick from the signing team.
This past couple weeks, members of the United Cardinal Bloggers have been doing their annual post-season roundtable. Each writer or site poses a question to the group and gathers their thoughts. While John Mozeliak successfully nuked my question by already picking up Jaime Garcia‘s option this weekend, I switched gears to gauge the opinions on what to do with the team’s arbitration eligible players.