There are many ways to evaluate players...statistically, WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is one of the better; it encompasses all parts of the game. WAR is calculated a few different ways, depending on where you look; Fangraphs has a pretty good explanation and typically their version of the calculation is the most commonly used.
Normally, people look at something like WAR on a year to year basis, but what about for longer periods of time? Would it change your view of a player to know they were more impactful over the long haul? It brings up some interesting questions.
Here are the top 10 Cardinals according to their WAR since 2010 (a 5 season period including this year)