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Cardinals options in free agency now that Jason Heyward is gone

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The Cardinals pursuit of Jason Heyward fell short, but there are other options to improve the team.

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While it might seem as though this has been a Jason Heyward blog over the last month, we have actually written quite a bit about other free agent options available to the Cardinals. In a recent interview with KMOX, John Mozeliak indicated the Cardinals were unlikely to pursue a big bat, and instead focus on pitching. The Post-Dispatch quoted Mozeliak saying "There isn't anything now that we're chasing with a nine-figure contract." With that in mind, here is a rundown of a few options for the Cardinals in free agency.

First Base/Chris Davis

Those pessimistic about Davis' production should take heart that Davis' price tag appears to far exceed the Cardinals' interests in bringing in a free agent bat this offseason with Heyward off the board.

Outfield: Alex Gordon, Justin Upton, Dexter Fowler, Yoenis Cespedes

  • If not Heyward, then who? NIck Lampe examined some non-Heyward possibilities for the Cardinals. If the Cardinals do choose reverse course and get back in the deep end of free agency, Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton are still available.
  • Over at MLB Daily Dish, the Cardinals have been connected with Alex Gordon and Dexter Fowler as well. Fowler would be an unusual signing given he is not much of an upgrade over the Cardinals internal options. Gordon might approach $100 million for his contract, but if he could be had for less than that, I wrote he could be a decent value over at FanGraphs.
  • On the lower end of the spectrum, Gerardo Parra could also be an option to provide depth.
If Mozeliak does choose to go for more pitching, he has quite a few options available.

Pitching: Kenta Maeda, Mike Leake, Mark Buehrle, Cliff Lee, Scott Kazmir, Johnny Cueto

That is a decent wrap-up of the non-Jason Heyward Viva El Birdos free agency posts over the last month. We will have more as the market develops and perhaps explore some trade options.