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Friday, December 11, 2015

MLBTR: Nationals “Serious Threat” To Land Heyward, Who Has $200MM Offer In Hand

So all that $ the Lerners wouldn’t pony up for Black will go toward Heyward instead?

9:46pm: A source tells MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the Nats are “heavily involved” and are making a “legit” effort to sign the young outfielder. He adds, interestingly, that Taylor “would become expendable” if a deal is struck.

From an analytical perspective, it seems plenty plausible that the team could add Heyward (or another outfielder) and keep Taylor. For one thing, there’s plenty of justification to give him further developmental time at Triple-A. For another, he’d still be an important depth piece in the near term and would have plenty of possibilities for increased playing time with the clock ticking on Werth’s contract (and perhaps also his time as a full-time regular).

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 11, 2015 at 03:57 AM | 221 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, jason heyward, nationals

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Card tricks: After getting John Lackey, Cubs target Jason Heyward | Chicago Sun-Times

The Cubs get him; the Cardinals don’t get him. The Cubs can then package Soler to get someone like Shelby Miller.

After landing starter John Lackey for a fraction of the cost, the Cubs are focusing the money they saved on trying to get top free-agent outfielder Jason Heyward, sources say.

And getting Heyward — or a Plan B option such as free agent Alex Gordon or Carlos Gomez (in a trade) — would possibly mean Soler is the next domino to fall in the off-season plans.

Heyward, 26, is said to be seeking at least eight years and expected to command $20 million or more per year.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agents, jason heyward

Friday, December 04, 2015

Jason Heyward would look good in a Phillies uniform

The Phillies signing the 26-year old Heyward isn’t the worst idea. How much money would they have to overpay to get him to play there, though?

Another benefit of being the worst in baseball is that you don’t lose your first-round draft pick when you sign an elite free agent. It would be silly for the Phillies to go after a 30-something player when they are in the midst of a rebuilding plan, but Jason Heyward, who was Bourjos’ teammate in St. Louis, is only 26.

Klentak and MacPhail, like most baseball men, are focused on pitching depth and improved defense. Putting Heyward in right field, Bourjos in center, and Odubel Herrera in left would not only give the Phillies one of the best defensive outfields in baseball, it also would provide a much brighter outlook for the offense.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason heyward, phillies

Sunday, November 29, 2015

4 teams that could sign Jason Heyward | MLB.com

Dan O’Dowd has some interesting ideas on places Jason Heyward could end up.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason heyward

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Angels aren’t ruling out pursuit of Heyward | FOX Sports

They won’t rule him out. With interest like that, I’m just going to put him on their roster.

The Angels aren’t ruling out a pursuit of free agent Jason Heyward, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and me. And if the Angels sign Heyward, they’d likely move Kole Calhoun from right field to left.

It’s important to note the Angels are only in the preliminary stages of their search for an everyday outfielder. But Heyward is among the many possibilities for new general manager Billy Eppler.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, free agents, jason heyward

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jason Heyward likely to land monster contract | FOX Sports

How does Heyward not end up in Yankees Stadium?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason heyward, white sox, yankees

Friday, October 30, 2015

The 2015 Fielding Bible Awards

How on earth did Rafael Palmeiro win this?

Unsurprisingly, Simmons also won a Fielding Bible Award this season. Both were unanimous winners, as was Jason Heyward in right field.

Simmons and Heyward were two of the four total repeat winners this season. Simmons has unanimously won the Award in each of his three full seasons in the majors and is the best defensive player in baseball today. Former teammate Heyward won his third Award in right field, though this year it was as a member of the Cardinals. Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel each won their second Awards.

The first-time winners include Ian Kinsler at second base, Nolan Arenado at third base, Starling Marte in left field, Kiermaier in center field, Buster Posey at catcher, and Ender Inciarte at multi-position.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cardinals Insider: Heyward’s value adds up in many ways : Sports

Heyward will likely join a market that has outfielders with more power, Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton, and some standout aces, lefty David Price and possibly Greinke. No standout will be as young as him. Not one can invite bets on his upside like he can.

Among his peers in right field, Heyward ranks sixth in average, 16th in slugging percentage (.433), and 11th in OPS (.785). The corner outfield positions have traditionally been power sources. Five of the top 10 in homer totals this season belong to right fielders. Six of the 20 batters with at least 90 RBIs are right fielders. The likely NL MVP, Bryce Harper, plays right field. Heyward has not had that elite production. He leads in the subtler arts. His 21 Runs Saved on defense are the best at his position. His 6.4 BaseRunning (BsR), a measure of bases added via steals and athleticism, leads all right fielders and is fourth among outfielders. (For kicks: his 90.86-mph average on throws from the outfield ranks fourth.) These facets accessorize his offense and give him a 5.8 Wins Above Replacement, second at right field to only one player. Harper leads the world with a 10.1.

“That’s his real strength – how many different ways he can help you win a game,” Holliday said of his teammate. “If you have a player who can help you win the game in many ways, he would be valuable in any era. Sure there was a time when guys were hitting 45 homers in the corner outfield spots. But they probably weren’t contributing in other ways that he does. I think his kind of player was valuable 15 years ago, it’s valuable now, and it might even be more tangible statistically than ever. Maybe his style of play gets more attention.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, jason heyward

Monday, September 14, 2015

10 Degrees: Why Yoenis Cespedes may not come back to New York

Great timing for Cespedes.

Six weeks ago, a nine-figure deal seemed optimistic, according to two GMs, two personnel men and two agents surveyed recently by Yahoo Sports. The six now believe discussions with the soon-to-be-30-year-old Cespedes will begin at $125 million and end up perhaps in the $160 million range, a staggering figure for someone who the last two seasons posted on-base percentages of .294 and .301. Baseball, like so many other avenues in life, cannot help but fall into the recency-bias trap.


 

 

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