Cubs officially release Jason Heyward originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Jason Heyward’s time with the Cubs is officially over.
As expected, the Cubs granted Heyward his parole, ending his stay on the North side after seven seasons.
Cubs president Jed Hoyer said in August the team would release Heyward after the 2022 season, before the final year of his contract.
“He’s been such a big pro with us and a leader, and we want to have him around the team this year,” Hoyer said in August. “But we’re not going to have him with the team next year. We have already spoken to him about it.
“We want to give him the whole offseason so he can go out and find an opportunity. I think for us, given where we are as a band and where we’ll probably be in the outer corner next year with Seiya [Suzuki] and Ian [Happ]I think we’re going to go in a different direction.
Heyward, who signed the biggest contract in franchise history — an eight-year, $184 million deal coming in 2016 — struggled offensively during his time with the Cubs.
Respected clubhouse leader who won two of his five Golden Gloves with the Cubs, Heyward will go down in franchise legend for the rain delay speech he gave in Game 7 of the World Series. 2016.
Heyward said he plans to play in 2023, but seemed interested in a possible reunion with the Cubs after his playing career – which Hoyer said he’s spoken about before.
“What a trip for this city, for this fan base,” Heyward said in September, during his final media session as a Cub. “The love that I received, the love that we received, the guys that were in those bands, is never taken for granted.”
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