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Heyward likely to be popular free agent target

If St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward makes it to free agency, he'll likely have plenty of suitors.

A report from the New York Post's Joel Sherman Tuesday indicates that the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and several other clubs called the Atlanta Braves to try to put together a deal for Hayward before he was eventually landed by the Redbirds.

It's likely those teams and more will be eager to make a free agent bid on Heyward when all they'd have to give up is money and, potentially, a draft pick instead of top young talent.

It's remarkable, given the competition, that St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak was able to avoid parting with top pitching prospect Carlos Martinez in exchange for Heyward, instead giving up MLB starter Shelby Miller.

The Braves, according to multiple reports, preferred Martinez over Miller. Although Miller was the Cardinals top draft choice a few years back and the team resisted previous trade proposals for him, Miller was criticized as being tough to coach up to this point of his professional career. Specifically, he at times has resisted learning secondary pitches which has lowered his ceiling as his fastball has become more predictable.

Martinez is the favorite to land Miller's previous slot in the Cardinals starting rotation.

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