The Cubs have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent right fielder Jason Heyward.
According to multiple outlets, the Cubs have agreed to terms with Jason Heyward. Terms of the contract have not been leaked, but he’s believed to have taken less to sign with the Cubs. Heyward’s deal is expected to be for under $200 million.
The Nationals are believed to have offered Heyward around $200 million. It is unknown at this point what Heyward agreed to or the length of the contract.
The Cubs are not done. The Cubs are working on a trade for a pitcher and it appears Jorge Soler is involved in those talks.
Reports Friday indicated Jake McGee could be on the move.
There are a lot of “balls up in the air” right now as Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein said.
• Update 12:34pm CST – The front office is working on a trade that would involve a starting pitcher coming back to the Cubs. Jorge Soler is involved in those talks.
• Update 12:37pm CST – Cubs have talked to the Padres about Tyson Ross and the Indians for Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar.
• Update 12:49pm CST – According to Patrick Mooney, the Cubs “do not have a trade lined up right now but a Jason Heyward signing would obviously give them options this winter.”
• Update 12:49pm CST – Gordon Wittenmyer is reporting Heyward will play center field for now.
• Update 12:54pm CST – Addison Russell tweeted, “Even though I might have to change my number I’m perfectly okay with that. I just wanna help fly that #W #goodguys
• Update 12:58pm CST – According to Gordon Wittenmyer, Jason Heyward’s deal is less than $185 million and believed to be eight years.
• Update 1:05pm CST – Jason Heyward was reportedly looking for an AAV of $24 million. On an eight-year, $185 million contract that would be a $23.125 million AAV. Heyward’s contract is expected to include an opt out.
• Update 1:39pm CST – According to Bob Nightengale, Jason Heyward “is believed to have received an eight-year deal for $184 million.”
• Update 1:41pm CST – Multiple outlets, including Ken Rosenthal, is reporting Jason Heyward signed for eight years and $184 million.
• Update 3:16pm CST – Ken Rosenthal and Derrick Goold reported the Cardinals offered Heyward a larger contract than the Cubs. The Nationals and Cardinals are believed to have offered Heyward $200 million. Heyward chose the Cubs over the Cardinals.
• Update 3:57pm CST – According to Jeff Passan, Jason Heyward “turned down three offers higher than the $184 million he took from the Cubs, including two of $200 million-plus.” The number of opt outs and the AAV of the other deals are unclear at this point, “turning down guaranteed money is uncommon.”
Will update as information becomes available …