The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have made qualifying offers to outfielder Jason Heyward and right-handed pitcher John Lackey.
Lackey, 37, tied his career-best with 33 starts in 2015 while posting a 13-10 record with a 2.77 ERA. The 13-year Major League veteran ranked among National League pitching leaders in wins (13, T12th), earned run average (2.77, 7th), innings pitched (218.0, 6th) and quality starts (26, 4th), while setting a career-high and tied for the Major League lead with 29 double plays induced. Lackey started Game 1 and 4 of the National League Division Series against Chicago, including a performance of 7.1 scoreless innings in Game 1 en route to his eighth career postseason win.
Heyward, 26, led the Cardinals with a .293 batting average, while smacking 13 home runs and tallying 60 RBI. He posted career highs in hits (160), doubles (33) and a team-leading 23 stolen bases. He is currently a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove award among National League right-fielders, after winning the award in 2012 and 2014.