Chicago Cubs Sign Former St. Louis Cardinals OF Jason Heyward


Jason Heyward picked his new home on Friday, and it’s one that will infuriate many Cardinals fans.

Free agent outfielder Jason Heyward, who spent the 2015 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, made his decision on his new destination on Friday afternoon, and it wasn’t the one that Cardinals fans were hoping for. Heyward, who had been the most talked-about free agent on the market ever since Zack Greinke signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks a week ago, agreed to an eight-year, $184 million-dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs. The contract will pay him an average annual value of $23 million and includes two opt-out clauses.

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Heyward is expected to play center field with the Cubs, despite gaining most of his value as a defensive right fielder over the past few seasons. With him officially out of the Cardinals’ plans, a tentative starting outfield of Matt Holliday, Randal Grichuk, and Stephen Piscotty will now be in place. With that said, USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Friday that the Cardinals are aggressive in pursuit of former Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, and they’ve also been linked to free agent Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis this offseason.