CHICAGO, IL – June 4: Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs stands on deck in a game against the St Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on June 4, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Matt Dirksen/Getty Images)
Jed Hoyer and the Cubs revealed that this would be Heyward’s last year in Chicago. One of the league’s highest-paid contracts when he signed at the time (eight years, $164 million in 2016), Heyward hasn’t played up to the standard that his AAV suggests.
Hoyer and Chicago’s front office view Heyward as a key member of the clubhouse, hence why they plan on keeping him around for the rest of the season. It’s also why they’d consider a future role with Heyward in the organization, even if not as a player.
“We felt like it was the right thing to do given where we are as an organization,” Hoyer said. “He doesn’t like it but understands where we are. I think it’s been a bit frustrating the last year and a half.”