cubs Chairman Jed Hoyer announced Monday that the club intends to release veteran outfielder Jason Heyward from the final year of his contract at the end of the 2022 season.
“I’ve spoken to Jason about this. He’s been a very good professional and a leader for us. We would love to have him on the team this year. But we won’t have him on the team next year. ‘ said Hoyer. Via CHGO Sports“We’ve already talked to him about it. We want to give him a full offseason so he can go out and find opportunities.”
Hoyer told reporters that Hayward, who has been on the injured list since June 27 with a knee injury, will not wear the suit again this season but will be inactive due to his status as clubhouse leader. He said he would remain on the team as a good player. Around athleticThe 32-year-old owes $22 million in 2023, the final season of a massive eight-year, $184 million deal he signed in December 2015.
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Monday’s news showed Hayward’s tenure in Chicago coming to a disappointing end, bringing high hopes after the once-coveted free agency signed the biggest deal in franchise history. helped end the 108-year World Series drought in 2016, his at-bat struggle continued into the 2022 season, when Hayward batted . Recorded 10 RBIs.
In seven seasons with the Cubs, Hayward batted .245/.323/.377 and had 62 home runs in 2,522 plate appearances. In addition to winning his first and only World Series his ring, Hayward won his fourth and his fifth career Golden Glove with the team in 2016 and his 17th year. Became the first position player in MLB to win his three consecutive awards with three different teams.
Before playing for the Cubs, Hayward spent his first five years with the Braves before spending the 2015 season with the Cardinals. He earned his only career All-Star nod as a rookie in his decade, placing him second in NL Rookie of the Year voting and a great first in his 20th place in NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) voting. I sent the season of He received his MVP vote, which hasn’t happened since 2015.
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