Johnny Cueto reportedly turned down a six-year, $120 million contract offer. So what would it take to sign him and who's going to step to the plate?
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Brayan Pena, who led all Reds catches with 86 games last season, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cardinals.
Will the Cards spend big this winter?
With a new TV deal set to kick in in 2018, St. Louis is expected to see a big boost in revenue soon. That has some wondering whether the Cardinals may try to land a premier free agent or two this offseason. MLB rumors roundup
Peralta is majors' No. 10 shortstop
Jhonny Peralta is slowing down some at age 33 but not enough for Buster Olney to leave the Cardinals shortstop off this elite list. Top 10 shortstops (Insider)
Matt Carpenter is majors' No. 4 at 3B
Buster Olney is impressed with how the Cardinals third baseman used his detailed knowledge of the strike zone to improve his power hitting during the 2015 season. Top 10 third basemen (Insider)
Experts predict Jason Heyward will get a deal close to $200 million. Which teams are most likely to sign him?
Will Cards address lack of thumper?
Buster Olney notes St. Louis succeeded yet again in 2015 despite lacking an elite power threat. Such a bat is available in free agency in Chris Davis. MLB notes (Insider)
Status check: Where each team stands
Jim Bowden writes that despite being the only team in baseball to win 100 regular-season games in 2015, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak needs to either re-sign Jason Heyward or bring in an impact bat like free-agent 1B Chris Davis to make a splash next season. The other 29 teams (Insider)
Can Weaver put it all together?
Luke Weaver's fastball spiked in velocity during Fall League play. Can he command his secondary pitches and live at the bottom of the strike zone? If so, he might have a future in St. Louis' rotation. Arizona Fall League recap (Insider)
Slugger Chris Davis should have an opportunity to stay with the Orioles, but he also figures to be heavily pursued by the Cardinals and Astros.
Teams lining up for John Lackey?
Of course, the Cardinals would love to bring their ace from last season back, but they'll be facing stiff competition from other clubs. Which teams have reportedly checked in on Lackey? MLB rumors roundup
Quiet Cy Young pick on the rise in St. Louis
Cardinals hurler Carlos Martinez, 24, should be among MLB's top 35 starters next year. But since he shares a league with Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta and possibly Zack Greinke, his dark horse candidacy is very dark indeed. Sleeper 2016 Cy Young picks (Insider)
NL Manager of the Year voting
- Joe Maddon, Cubs: 18 first-place votes, 124 points
- Mike Matheny, Cardinals: 9 first-place votes, 87 points
- Terry Collins, Mets: 3 first-place votes, 49 points
Mike Matheny had it rougher than anyone
Given everything that happened to this team in 2015, the Cardinals had no business winning 100 games. The confidence Matheny instilled in his remaining players kept the Cardinals an NL Central juggernaut. Manager of the Year: The case for Matheny
Lineup help needed in St. Louis
With Jason Heyward likely to leave as a free agent, the Cardinals are looking for bats this offseason. The team has already identified another free agent as its priority, Buster Olney writes. Biggest holes on contenders (Insider)
Should Matheny be Manager of the Year?
A panel of 25 ESPN baseball experts were asked who they think should be named NL Manager of the Year. How many votes did Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny receive? ESPN picks
What is Heyward's projected worth?
Jason Heyward is incredible in right field. But is noteworthy outfield play paired with a decent presence at the plate worth a contract over $175 million? How much are top free agents worth? (Insider)
How much will it take to get Lackey?
Age tends to mean much less for a pitcher than for a hitter. But, will age affect 37-year-old John Lackey's potential contract? How much are top free agents worth? (Insider)
Another year, another injured starter
Last year, it was Adam Wainright. This year, the Cards lose Lance Lynn to Tommy John surgery. How will St. Louis cope this year? "Maybe it's time to be more aggressive," said GM John Mozeliak. GM meetings takeaways
Where will Davis mash in 2016 and beyond?
There aren't many teams in need of a first baseman, but longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden still expects free agent Chris Davis to land a deal worth around $120M. Best fits: Orioles, Cardinals and Rockies. Top 50 FA projections (Insider)
Jim Bowden's projection for Cueto
With his medicals checking out, Johnny Cueto's value should be boosted by his dominant performance in Game 2 of the World Series. Best fits: Royals, Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox, Reds, Cards. Top 50 FA projections (Insider)
Poor September won't drag down Zimmermann
Longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden projects a $20M-per-season payday for free-agent pitcher Jordan Zimmerman. Best fits include the Cubs, Giants, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Red Sox, Astros, Yankees and Cardinals. Top 50 FA projections (Insider)
Is there a $200M deal out there for Grienke?
Longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden projects free agent Zack Grienke to get a 6-year contract worth about $186 million. Bowden's best fits for Grienke include the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox, Cubs and Cardinals. Projections for Top 50 FAs (Insider)