"In terms of when we can actually engage, it's really going to be this offseason," the Cardinals general manager told KMOX.
This all goes back to what everyone thought last winter: Heyward was hitting free agency regardless of where he played 2015, and it was smart of the Braves to get something in return for the 26-year-old outfielder. That return, of course, has been a potential ace under control for three more years and a fringe top-100 pitching prospect.
Heyward is going to be a very rich man in a few months. He's hit .292/.349/.441 with the Cardinals this season while playing his usual Gold Glove defense and excelling on the base paths. With a current 4.0 WAR on FanGraphs, Heyward is now ranked 3rd among all outfielders in WAR since 2012. The only two ahead of him: Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. Decent company.
The Braves will kick the tires, but unless a miracle happens, Heyward won't be coming back to Atlanta.