If the Cardinals lose Carlos Beltran, they may go after Jacoby Ellsbury (Post-Dispatch, Nov. 3). Both players received qualifying offers from their respective teams.
The Cardinals top priority is to find a new shortstop, whether making a trade or signing a free agent, such as Stephen Drew (Post-Dispatch, Nov. 3).
If the Yankees lose Robinson Cano, they may turn to free-agent 2B-SS Omar Infante (New York Post, Nov. 3). Cano received a qualifying offer from the Yankees, which he will decline.
Michael Baron, ContributorIt will be interesting to see how Drew’s story plays out this winter. He received a qualifying offer, meaning he has set the bar for next year’s salary in the $14 million vicinity, at the very least. Given the type of player he is and the shortcomings to his game, I wonder how the prospect of losing a pick will play into his market. Drew still makes a lot of sense for a team like the Mets, but a team like the Cardinals or any top 20 team in 2013, they could think twice before giving up a first-round selection and the pool money associated with the pick. That could help to shrink Drew’s market, which could impact his asking price in both dollars and years.