The Chicago Cubs are ready to dump veteran outfielder Jason Heyward and they’ll pay him an insane amount of money if he doesn’t play.
That Chicago Cubs are in the seventh year of veteran outfielder Jason Heyward’s eight-year contract, but they’re poised to move on. They are likely to pay out the remaining $22 million of his contract unless there is a buyout.
Heyward began his MLB career in 2010 and was once a reliable player who hit well. Unfortunately, his performance has declined significantly over the past two seasons. He had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2021, hitting .280/.347/.627 for a .627 OPS. He’s hitting significantly worse this season at .204/.278/.277 for a .555 OPS.
A knee injury is a culprit for his diminished performance this season. However, he has shown a steady decline in the past, so the Cubs need to move away from the veteran if they want to build a better team.
Cubs moving up from Jason Heyward could add to the team’s success
Chicago has an average lineup. Among all MLB teams, they have the 14th best batting average (.245), 10th best on-base percentage (.319), 15th best slugging percentage (.394), and 14th best OPS (.713).
They have several good outfield players and don’t necessarily need Heyward. Ian Happ and Seiya Suzuki are both well-known and reliable outfielders. Happ is hitting .279/.357/.439 for a .796 OPS this season. Suzuki scores .241/.314/.410 for an OPS of .724.
The Cubs are also very unlikely to be successful post-season. According to FanGraphs, they have a zero percent playoff percentage. They’ve only won one World Series in the 21st century, and the previous ones were over 100 years back. If they want a solid shot at success, they’ll need to make roster adjustments, and Heyward could be a good place to start.
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