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Jason Heyward | Outfielder | #22

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 245
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (14) / ATL
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Cubs signed OF Jason Heyward to an eight-year, $184 million contract.
Coming off a 97-win season, the Cubs have already signed right-hander John Lackey and second baseman Ben Zobrist, but adding Heyward will likely make them early World Series favorites. Heyward's deal reportedly includes a pair of opt-out clauses, including one after the third year and one after the fourth year, based on plate appearance thresholds. The 26-year-old currently projects to play center field, but the Cubs still have some options as the offseason plays out. If the club trades Jorge Soler for a pitcher, they could put Heyward in right field and sign a center fielder. Tue, Dec 15, 2015 03:38:00 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jason Heyward's contract with the Cubs is for eight years and $184 million and contains two opt-out clauses.

He will have the ability to opt out after year three or year four of the deal based on whether he exceeds certain plate appearance thresholds. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Cubs front-loaded the contract in order to get Heyward to take an apparent discount, although those particulars haven't been revealed yet. Heyward picked the Cubs over the Cardinals and Nationals.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 02:52:00 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Jason Heyward's contract with the Cubs is for less than $185 million and is "believed to be eight years."

The structure of it will be important, obviously, as many expect the deal to include an opt-out clause and it could be front-loaded. Still, on the surface it doesn't look bad at all when Heyward was expected to get $200+ million. Heyward is poised to serve as the Cubs' center fielder at the moment, although the club could wind up trading Jorge Soler for pitching help, which would allow Heyward to move to right field.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 02:08:00 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that "multiple sources indicate" Jason Heyward has chosen the Cubs over the Cardinals and Nationals.

The deal is worth $184 million over eight years and contains two opt-out clauses, so Heyward will have another opportunity at free agency when he's 29. The Cardinals made an aggressive effort to re-sign the outfielder and the Nationals also made a late push, but in the end Chicago's situation appears to have appealed the most to Heyward. He currently would be in line to play center field, although it's possible the Cubs will trade Jorge Soler.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 01:09:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jason Heyward has made a decision and "it doesn't sound like" he chose the Cardinals.

Goold notes that the Cubs are "very much in play here." CBS Sports' Jon Heyman adds that it "doesn't sound like the Nats are optimistic" on Heyward despite offering around $200 million. Since these three clubs were viewed as the favorites to sign the outfielder, it's sounding like he's probably headed to the Cubs. More information on Heyward's decision should be available shortly.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 12:44:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that it would be "premature" to call the Nationals the front-runner for Jason Heyward.

Rosenthal notes that the revelation of the Nats as the "mystery team" in the Heyward derby created "significant buzz," but it doesn't appear they're necessarily the favorites to land him. The outfielder reportedly has a $200 million offer in hand, and the feeling is that it's more likely to have come from either the Nationals or Cardinals rather than the Cubs. Heyward is expected to make a decision soon.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 11:32:00 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Nationals are in on free agent outfielder Jason Heyward.

A "mystery team" was reported to be vying for the 26-year-old along with the Cubs, Cardinals and Angels, and now we know who it is. The Nationals have an opening after Denard Span was allowed to leave via free agency. Talks for Heyward are getting expensive -- a $200 million deal is very much in play, it seems -- but the Nats haven't blushed at spending big money before. A conclusion is expected very soon.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:47:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Angels are among the finalists for Jason Heyward.

This seems to be coming to a head, with the Cardinals and Cubs acting as the other serious parties currently diving for the finish line. Heyward is expected to make a decision by the end of the week, and perhaps as Thursday evening. The 26-year-old Gold Glove outfielder figures to land something close to $200 million over nine or 10 years. He slashed .293/.359/.439 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI, and a career-high 23 stolen bases in 154 games this past season for St. Louis.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 02:25:00 PM

Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com says the "sense around" the Winter Meetings is that Jason Heyward will choose a team by the end of the day Thursday.

"Or very soon," if not on Thursday, tweets Pavlovic. The finalists in this pursuit are believed to be the Cardinals and Cubs -- two longtime rivals -- with the Angels maybe serving as a darkhorse. San Francisco checked in, but apparently never made an offer. Heyward, 26, is thought to be seeking something close to $200 million over nine or 10 years. He hit .293/.359/.439 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI, and a career-high 23 stolen bases in 154 games this past season for St. Louis while continuing to play Gold Glove defense in right field.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 11:32:00 AM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Jason Heyward talks "are progressing."

Morosi says the Cardinals and Cubs are among the finalists for the 26-year-old outfielder, who could be looking at a $200 million payday when all is said and done. Heyward slashed .293/.359/.439 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI, and a career-high 23 stolen bases in 154 games this past season for St. Louis while continuing to play Gold Glove defense in right field. Chicago would likely use him in center field, at least initially.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 10:38:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants are talking with multiple free agent outfielders but prefer Jason Heyward, Alex Gordon and Dexter Fowler for defensive reasons.

Morosi notes that they're also talking to Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton, but apparently they might be unlikely fits because they don't like the defense of those two outfielders. Interestingly, Cespedes won a Gold Glove this past season and Upton was a finalist for a Gold Glove. It's unclear which outfielder might be the likeliest fit for San Francisco.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are expected to focus on Jason Heyward for their next free agent pursuit.

Wittenmyer says that, after landing John Lackey "for a fraction of the dollars and years that went to top-name free agent pitchers," the Cubs "are focusing the money they saved" on trying to get Heyward. It will cost a pretty penny, as Heyward is expected to net a deal approaching or perhaps exceeding $200 million. Wittenmyer adds that if the Cubs are able to lure Heyward or another outfielder, that would allow them to trade Jorge Soler, presumably for a pitcher.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 11:48:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney writes that free agent outfielder Jason Heyward is likely a secondary option for the Cubs.

The Cubs are widely expected to be in the market for a starting pitcher this winter, so a potential pursuit for Heyward could depend on how that goes. One option would be to sign Heyward and potentially make a trade (perhaps involving Jorge Soler or Kyle Schwarber) for a starting pitcher, but that's all speculation for now.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 09:05:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that the Angels "aren’t ruling out a pursuit" of Jason Heyward.

The report notes that the Angels "are only in the preliminary stages" in their search for an everyday outfielder and Heyward is just one of the names they're considering. If the Halos did land Heyward, they would have the reigning Gold Glove-winning right fielders from both leagues (they'd move Kole Calhoun to left field to accommodate Heyward). The Cardinals would love to re-sign Heyward but know they'll be facing plenty of competition.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 09:47:00 PM

OF Jason Heyward declined the Cardinals' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Heyward will be arguably the top position player in free agency this winter, so rejecting the qualifying offer was a no-brainer. There will be many clubs that go after him this offseason and he could wind up with a contract approaching $200 million. The Cards would like to bring him back.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 05:20:00 PM