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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

A decade into his career, nothing’s surprising Jason Heyward anymore

It’s not hard to draw parallels between Jason Heyward and the Cubs team he plays right field for.

Arriving on the scene with a combo of (a bit green) youth and talent, both had to deal with sky-high expectations from the start. Heyward was the future of baseball, an intoxicating mix of 5 tools topped off with a generational glove. The Cubs were bursting at the seams with top prospects, flush with cash, and run by a man that Forbes magazine decided was a better leader than, among others, The Pope.

$184 million and two underwhelming playoff runs later, both head into 2019 trying to prove that talk of closing windows is premature.

So, what would surprise Jason Heyward at this point?


QLE Posted: February 05, 2019 at 05:08 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Saturday, November 03, 2018

Jason Heyward chooses not to opt-out of Cubs deal that still owes him $100M

Jason Heyward isn’t walking away from more than $100 million. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the outfielder let the opt-out deadline pass for his contact with the Chicago Cubs and will stay with the team for at least another year.

The opt-out is part of the eight-year, $184 million contract Heyward, 29, signed with the Cubs in 2016. He has five years and $106 million left on the deal.

The decision to decline the opt-out was probably a no-brainer for Heyward, though many on the North Side were hoping he would walk away from all that money. Despite the Cubs’ early exit from the playoffs in 2018, the team is still poised to compete in 2019 and beyond. Staying with them gives him a good shot at winning a second World Series ring, and possibly more. And he’s making $20 million in 2019 and at least that much through 2023. After seeing how last year’s free agent market played out for even established hitters, there’s almost no chance that he’d fetch that much on the open market.

So, what would it take for Heyward to do to make this one of the worse contracts of all time?


QLE Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 39 comment(s)
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