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Jason Heyward | Outfielder | #22

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (14) / ATL
Contract: view contract details
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Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with two walks and two runs scored Thursday against the Reds.
Heyward had two hits in his previous 24 at-bats heading into the contest. He's still hitting just .200 with a .548 OPS, but Heyward started slow last season as well. He eventually picked it up, and while the Cubs are winning, the 26-year-old will likely continue to be slotted near the top of their lineup. Apr 21 - 10:22 PM

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Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies.

It's just a day of rest for the struggling Heyward who is hitting just .210/.319/.225 with no homers and seven RBI on the season. Matt Szczur will start in his place in left field and bat seventh for the Cubbies.
Apr 16 - 10:35 AM

Jason Heyward launched a three-run homer on Monday against the Angels.

The outfielder took one over the boards off of Nick Tropeano in the third inning. It's been a rough spring training thus far for Heyward in the average department (.191), but he's made up for it by going deep three times. He's slated to hit at or near the top of the Cubs' lineup.
Mar 28 - 7:12 PM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored, and three RBI in Tuesday's 11-1 rout of the Padres.

Heyward was having a difficult spring for his new club, mustering only two hits in 18 at-bats before today's game. He helped kickstart the Cubs' first-inning rally with his first of two doubles, plating Dexter Fowler with the help of an error. In the third, Heyward came up with the bases loaded and promptly emptied them, collecting all three of his RBI. He carries big-time fantasy potential this season in a loaded Chicago lineup.
Mar 15 - 7:53 PM

Jason Heyward went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

Ho hum. Nothing doing for Heyward on Wednesday. The Cubs' offseason prize -- eight years, $185 million is a pretty expensive prize -- has been slow in his hitting early in spring work, but he did manage to notch his first homer of the month on Monday. The 26-year-old is entrenched as a reliable fantasy option regardless of the predictable early scuffles.
Mar 9 - 6:12 PM

Jason Heyward smacked his first home run as a Cub on Monday in a loss to the Rockies.

Heyward's solo blast in the first inning was one of two longballs on the day for the Cubbies, as Anthony Rizzo also went deep. Unfortunately, that was all of the scoring for the Northsiders. Heyward will man his familiar right field position for Chicago this season after the Cubs surprisingly brought back Dexter Fowler.
Mar 7 - 6:36 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Adam Warren
6Neil Ramirez
7Travis Wood
8Zac Rosscup
9Clayton Richard