With Jason Heyward on fire at the plate, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution speculates that the Braves could try to get their former star back this off-season.
Heyward is hitting .378 over the past month with four home runs and 13 RBIs. He also has five doubles and three stolen bases in four tries during that span.
According to the article, the Braves decided to trade Heyward for a package centered on former St. Louis Cardinals hurler Shelby Miller because they weren’t certain they could resign the 25-year-old outfielder.
But, with Miller under team control and 2015 designated as a rebuilding year, Atlanta has nothing to lose by trying to get Heyward back.
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With or without Atlanta’s interest in re-signing Heyward, it’s going to be an interesting off-season for St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak.
While Heyward is red hot now, he was something of a disappointment earlier. He hit .217 in March and April with two home runs and only four RBIs. He struck out 17 times and walked five. In May, Heyward hit a respectable .284 but struck out 18 times and walked seven.
With a spotty record in his brief career with the Redbirds, with Mozeliak be confident in handing Heyward the mega contract he’ll need to offer to keep him in St. Louis?
The Cardinals are under contract with Matt Holliday for at least two more seasons to play one corner outfield spot. And, during Holliday’s current stay on the disabled list, young flychaser Randal Grichuk has shown a lot of promise as a future starter in the outfield.
On the other hand, can the Cardinals afford, from a talent standpoint, to part with Heyward following the loss of Oscar Taveras because of an off-season fatal car crash and Miller in the subsequent trade?