Outfielder Marcell Ozuna is set to have an intriguing free agency.
The St Louis Cardinals hold a 0.5 game lead atop the National League Central. Should the Chicago Cubs overtake them, they have a cushion in the wildcard standings with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies a couple of games back.
In addition, they recently got even stronger with the return of pitcher Carlos Martinez from a long injury, who immediately settled into the closer/late-inning reliever with mixed success up to date.
The National League Central is split by 4.5 games. The Chicago Cubs lead the way at 47-43, the Cincinnati Reds are sitting fifth just five games under .500 at 41-46.
St. Louis Cardinals have been over .500 in each of the last 11 seasons. The streak is set to continue in 2019 after Paul Goldschmidt's arrival.
Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has been at the centre of trade speculation all offseason. San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds are the two latest teams to be linked with the All-Star catcher, as reported by Ken Rosenthal on Monday.
The story of the 2018 Cardinals, who could be the surprise force in the National League.