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Thursday, December 08, 2022

After Cubs release, Heyward signs with Dodgers

Jason Heyward, the longtime Cubs outfielder who was released last month, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers that includes an invitation to spring training.

Team president Jed Hoyer announced in August the Cubs would release Heyward — the respected veteran, 2016 champ and five-time Gold Glove winner who underperformed offensively with the Cubs — after the 2022 season. The move became official last month.

The Cubs are on the hook for his salary in 2023 ($22 million) — the final season of the eight-year, $184 million deal Heyward signed entering 2016.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2022 at 02:23 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mefisto Posted: December 08, 2022 at 02:49 PM (#6108760)
I did not have this on my bingo card. Effectively, the Dodgers traded Bellinger for Heyward.
   2. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: December 08, 2022 at 02:57 PM (#6108761)
well, and ~18 million dollars (pre-tax).
   3. Walt Davis Posted: December 08, 2022 at 03:05 PM (#6108762)
Or the Cubs are paying the new Hayward $18 M and the old Heyward $22 M -- same as Judge. Free agent spending is trickier than it looks!
   4. The Duke Posted: December 08, 2022 at 03:53 PM (#6108775)
Minor league invite - Jason can't even find a guaranteed roster spot.

He's still youngish - maybe he'll find it out there
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 08, 2022 at 04:12 PM (#6108779)
Or the Cubs are paying the new Hayward $18 M and the old Heyward $22 M -- same as Judge. Free agent spending is trickier than it looks!

Hah!
   6. Banta Posted: December 08, 2022 at 04:32 PM (#6108786)
Maybe that HeyBellingerward combined money is the actual meaning of Arson Judge… given that you might as well set that cash on fire.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: December 08, 2022 at 04:34 PM (#6108788)
Heyward, 2010-15: 30 WAR for $17.4MM
Heyward, 2016-22: 9 WAR for $162MM
   8. Walt Davis Posted: December 08, 2022 at 04:57 PM (#6108800)
Hey 39 WAR for $180 M ... who wouldn't make that deal?

Minor league invite - Jason can't even find a guaranteed roster spot.

Well ya can't expect a mostly CF with a 64 OPS+ and replacement-level WAR over the last two years to command a ML deal ...
   9. Itchy Row Posted: December 08, 2022 at 05:31 PM (#6108808)
The Dodgers don't have as much use for rain delay speeches as most other teams do.
   10. Mefisto Posted: December 08, 2022 at 06:01 PM (#6108817)
@2: True, but 18 million is couch money for the Dodgers.
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 08, 2022 at 08:33 PM (#6108826)
Hey 39 WAR for $180 M ... who wouldn't make that deal?


Especially if the contract is 12/180...then it's a bargain!
   12. Walt Davis Posted: December 10, 2022 at 01:53 PM (#6109008)
Apparently my nugget of comedy gold in #8 was too subtle ...
   13. The Duke Posted: December 10, 2022 at 02:02 PM (#6109009)
The cubs bought a star who basically collapsed at 26 and dumped him so they could sign another guy who collapsed at age 26.

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