The signing of Heyward, 26, a three-time Gold Glove outfielder who is a lifetime .311 hitter at Wrigley Field, caps a furious push by the Cubs in their quest to win the World Seriesand achieve sustained success.
During an eight-day span, the Cubs signed free agent pitcher John Lackey and super utility player Ben Zobrist, acquired pitcher Adam Warren from the Yankees in a trade for Starlin Castro and agreed to terms with Heyward.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Heyward is a lifetime .268 hitter and has hit more than 18 home runs only once in six seasons, but the Cubs are banking on his upside and fortifying a lineup with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell – whom all are 26 or younger.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but the Cubs’ finances were expected to be enhanced by a lucrative local television contract after 2020.
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Dec 11, 2015 @ 12:00 by Leave a Comment