The 26-year-old's ability offensively and defensively make him one of the best, if not the best, position player free agents this offseason. Between his age and abilities, Heyward is likely in line for a long-term deal that could reach over the $200 million threshold.
According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Cardinals' general manager John Mozeliak wants to bring Heyward back on a long-term deal.
Heyward "was a tremendous fit on this club [and] did exactly what we wanted him to do," Mozeliak said.
The Cardinals acquired Heyward from the Atlanta Braves last offseason in order to fill a void in the outfield. He did just that, slashing .293/.359/.439 (116 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 60 runs batted in over 610 plate appearances.
Heyward rates as an extremely above-average defender to go along with his solid offense. His combination of all-around play made him worth 6.0 Wins Above Replacement, according to FanGraphs.