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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)
  Beats: cubs, jason heyward, opt-outs

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Cubs hero Jason Heyward’s walk-off slam latest sign of new life in bat since DL

But Heyward really has seemed to be a different hitter since hitting his head on the outfield wall May 6 in St. Louis and spending close to two weeks on the concussion disabled list.

Heyward called the ordeal scary and said he was thankful when he was able to return to baseball activities about halfway through the time he was sidelined.

But while he’s able to joke now about the fact he’s hitting .340 in 13 starts since hitting his head, an actual benefit was the work on his mechanics he did leading up to his return.

‘‘Just use my hands and try to be whippy with the bat,’’ he said, describing the emphasis he adopted. ‘‘Have lag instead of trying to hit the ball with my arms and body.

‘‘That’s what the time away kind of allowed me to do, just making sure to do anything I could before I got back. And since I’ve gotten back, to work on that every day.’’

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 07, 2018 at 03:38 AM | 65 comment(s)
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