Not long after news of Heyward's deal with the Cubs broke, Gordon surfaced as potentially the next big domino to fall. USA Today reported Friday afternoon that the Cardinals will now "heavily pursue" Gordon after missing out on Heyward.
The San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels also are expected to be among the teams pursuing the top remaining outfielders.
Cubs seeking a rotation upgrade
The Cubs have been among the biggest players this offseason, and they may not be done yet. Chicago is reportedly exploring the trade market for another starting pitcher.
McGee drawing interest
Trade talks centered around Tampa Bay reliever Jake McGee have reportedly gained traction over the last few days, according to FOX Sports.
McGee, along with fellow Rays reliever Brad Boxberger, has been the subject of frequent trade buzz this offseason. The Dodgers, whose trade for Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman hit a snag amid domestic violence allegations against the reliever, could be among teams pursuing McGee.
The 29-year-old southpaw has compiled a 2.77 career ERA with 26 saves and a 21-11 record through through six years (259 2/3 innings) with the Rays.
Cuddyer retiring Michael Cuddyer may have played his final Major League game, as the 15-year veteran is reportedly planning to retire, a source told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
Cuddyer, 36, is entering the final year of his contract with the Mets. It is not yet clear whether he will receive any of the $12.5 million owed to him in 2016.
Cuddyer batted .277 with 197 career homers through 1,536 games, earning two All-Star nods. He was the ninth overall selection by the Twins in the 1997 Draft, spending the first 11 years of his career with Minnesota before signing with the Rockies in 2011 and the Mets last winter.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.