And Leading Off For the Chicago Cubs Is…

Leading off to hit in a baseball game is an under-appreciated art form. There’s many nuances about it that even your standard formulas might not catch. With the additions of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to the Cubs’ roster, picking a leadoff man just got complicated on the North Side. What the Cubs need from their leadoff […]
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Heyward, Wainwright, and Being “The Man”

It’s been a banner offseason for the Cubs, who have improved significantly both at primary positions and at the margins, all the while keeping a tight grip on their top prospects. The biggest coup of the offseason was clearly signing three top free agents—Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey—to contracts that were reportedly less lucrative […]
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January 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward had no desire to be 'the man' in St. Louis

Last week, Jason Heyward was formally introduced as a member of the Chicago Cubs. It was an official coronation of what has been viewed as the ultimate ship-jumping experience of the Cardinals/Cubs rivalry and perhaps the most significant jersey swap between the two clubs since Lou Brock and Ernie Broglio changed addresses for each other. However, the similarities between Brock...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Matheny does not seem happy with Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward’s reasoning for picking the Cubs over the Cardinals is not going down well within the St. Louis organization. During his introductory press conference in Chicago, Heyward cited the Cubs’ young core as a major reason for going there, while at the same time noting that the Cardinals’ top players are getting older and older. “You have Yadier [Molina] who is going...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The Fascinating Jason Heyward Contract

On Friday, the Cubs won the bidding for Jason Heyward, convincing the outfielder to come to Chicago despite offers for more guaranteed money from the Nationals, the Cardinals, and reportedly one other team, perhaps the Angels. While Chicago’s offer of $184 million over eight years is certainly a substantial amount, he apparently could have taken $200 million guaranteed by going...
Via Fangraphs
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward reportedly signs with Cubs

The saga has ended – Jason Heyward has spurned the advances of the big spending Washington Nationals and his former team, the St Louis Cardinals, to sign  with the Chicago Cubs. Terms haven’t been immediately disclosed, though the contract will likely be the richest in franchise history (surpassing the $155 million deal Jon Lester got last winter), and could approach $200 million...
Via The Outside Corner
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Jason Heyward seeking $24 million per year

Free agent right fielder Jason Heyward is reportedly upping the ante for teams interested in signing him this winter. According to Jayson Stark, he’s looking for an eight- or nine-year deal worth $24 million. Previously it was thought he was looking for around $20 million per season on a 10-year deal, so perhaps he’s been getting close to a deal and is now interested in squeezing...
Via Sportsnaut
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Angels among finalists for Jason Heyward

The Los Angeles Angels have reportedly entered the Jason Heyward sweepstakes. As of Thursday morning, it was believed that the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs were battling it out for Heyward, who is expected to sign in the near future and could get a deal worth around $200 million. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Angels are also working to sign the 26-year-old...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs targeting Jason Heyward

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly targeting outfielder Jason Heyward in free agency. The Cubs were originally pursuing a starter but a shorter, cheaper deal for John Lackey means they could heavily invest in a position player of Heyward’s caliber, and sources tell Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times that the Cubs are chasing the 26-year-old outfielder. Heyward is reportedly...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Jason Heyward did a cool thing no one cares about today

What I like about this little InstaGraphs section is that it allows for plays to be highlighted even if they don’t turn out all that important. Given what the Cubs pulled off Monday, it would be weird to dedicate a whole front-page post to a home run hit by Jason Heyward. Not a lot of people even clearly remember a home run being hit by Jason Heyward. The Cubs did well to smother...
Via Fangraphs
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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