Prized free agent outfielder Jason Heyward has chosen the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
It’s the second time within a week that the Cubs have beaten out the rival Cardinals for a top free agent after they inked John Lackey to a two-year, $32 million deal. Lackey went 13-10 for St. Louis this past season.
Heyward had 13 homers and 60 RBI for the Cardinals in 2015, finishing 15th in the National League MVP voting and winning his third Gold Glove. He’s expected to play center field for the Cubs, according to Wittenmyer.
It’s almost as if the Cubs front office has been down this road before:
Not only did the Cubs poach a key player from their main rival, they did so at below cost.
“Terms of the contract were not immediately known, but the 26-year-old free agent was said to have a $200 million offer on the table for at least seven or eight years,” Wittenmyer writes. “The Cubs are not believed to have been the highest bidder for their top free agent target.”
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Nats are believed to have offered exactly $200 million in their unsuccessful bid for Heyward.
The Cubs are going to be stacked: