With a vested — and invested — interest in upselling teams on all the added benefits of offense, agent Scott Boras, who reps a handful of free-agent hitters this winter, arrived at last week’s GM meetings with a metaphorical map, one he said would lead teams out of the wilderness and into “Playoffville.” The route is paved with runs. “What we discovered was the one consistent metric for teams’ probability of being in the playoffs: If you’re top three in runs scored, you’ve got about an 85 percent chance,” he said. “If you’re top eight, you have about a 72 percent chance of being in the playoffs. And the same is true of OPS. So, when you increase slugging, increase your runs scored, you can really do something that most teams don’t have, and that’s a playoff probability that exceeds the majority of the teams in the league.” The Cardinals hear you, Scott. In search of star power this offseason, the Cardinals aim to improve an offense that lagged behind the league and, in turn, halt any flagging interest from their fan base. True to Boras’ metric, the Cardinals ranked 13th in runs scored and 12th in OPS, sitting out October for the second consecutive year. They watched the top nine teams in OPS play on. That gave the Cardinals an eyeful of what they’re missing — just in time for a market to open with options, from the newly crowned National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton or one of his Miami teammates to, yes, Boras’ stable of hitters. “We don’t just want to be competitive. We have to figure out a way to get our way back into the dance,” said John Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations. “Look at the teams that are playing (in October) and they have impactful players. It’s talent that drives you. When you look at playoff teams they have a couple of signature players. When you have someone like an MVP player it helps make everybody else rise.”