Cubs Strike Deal With Free Agent Heyward

Jayson Hewyard

MILWAUKEE, WI – SEPTEMBER 16: Jason Heyward #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes some contact at the plate during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 16, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The Cubs have filled another major need this week. This time going the free agent route by agreeing to a long-term deal with outfielder Jason Heyward.

Terms of the contract haven’t been revealed, but the Cubs reportedly offered a $200 million package.

Heyward is expected to take over in centerfield for the Cubs where Dexter Fowler played last year. Heyward played rightfield with the Cardinals last season. He’s a two-time gold glove winner.

Last season with the Cardinals he batted .293 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs. His best season was in 2012 with the Braves when he hit 27 homers and he drove in 82 runs. He also stole 21 bases that season.

Over his six year career Heyward has averaged 16 homers per season. That number is expected to go up with Heyward playing in Wrigley Field on a regular basis and being surrounded by excellent hitters.

Heyward just turned 26 in August so he’s entering the prime years of his career.

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