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Jason Heyward Signs With The Cubs For The 13th Highest Contract In MLB History

Jason Heyward

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst) 

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It has been announced that Jason Heyward has just inked an 8 YR deal with the Chicago Cubs for $184 MIL deal.  The contract calls for a player opt out after 3 years, but for now he is tied with Joe Mauer for 13th overall in total dollars during a deal.

Whether Heyward is worth that kind of dough in AAV is beside the point.  At 26, he was one of the youngest Free Agent players of all time that could garner that type of cash.

No question about the man’s defensive prowess being unique in the game right now.  He has also cut down on the amount of Strikeouts from early in his career.

Heyward has world class defense, and should hit 20 HRs and Steal 20 Bags per year. The 8 year deal for the Cubs also includes a player opt out clause after 3 years.

Heyward has world class defense, and should hit 20 HRs and Steal 20 Bags per year. The 8 year deal also includes a player opt out clause after 3 years. The 26 year old had a career high in Batting Average during 2015 with a .293 mark.  $23 MIL per year is a lot of dough for a guy who has never driven or scored 100 Runs.

Who knows the way contracts are being flung out – $23 MIL a year might not be that top heavy in a few more years.  I think it is a good play for the Cubs, as this may have been lunacy for about 26 of the teams considering the money.

Heyward is a Career 3 Slash of .268/.353/.431 so far in 6 seasons played.  Sure he might accelerate more now with his prime years coming up. His numbers suggest he may be a 20 HR/20 SB guy for several campaigns upcoming.

Theo Epstein would take those totals in a heart beat.  Now you have Ben Zobrist, Heyward, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber at the to of your lineup who all draw walks with a high OBP, and have great Extra Base power.

The bottom of the Cubs lineup is solid as well with a mixture of Miguel Montero, Jorge Soler and Addison Russell.  With Chris Coghlan and Javier Baez as bench players you have dramatically increased the depth.

Rumors persist around for a Soler or Baez to Cleveland deal for a Starting Pitcher.  I would not part with Baez who could play Second Base.

This franchise is now set for years to come.  They are the favorite to win the World Series and one of these years the actual front runner to win the Fall Classic will do so.  I think 2016 may be the year.

The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means Active Contract)

 *1. Giancarlo Stanton, $325, 000, 000 (2015 – 2027)

*2. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)

*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he forfeited $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.  Arod also has the 22nd highest contract in history too.

*3. Miguel Cabrera $248,000, 000 (2016 – 2023)

Go see #28 as well.  He has the 3rd and 28th top contracts of ALL – Time.

*4Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)

*5. Robinson Cano$240,000,000 (2014 – 2023)

*6. Joey Votto, $225,000,000 (2014-23)

*7.  David Price, $217,000,000 (2016 – 2022)

*8.  Clayton Kershaw $215,000,000 (2014 – 2020)

*9. Prince Fielder, $214,000,000 (2012-20)

*10.  Max Scherzer, $210,000,000 (2015 – 2021)

*11. Zack Greinke, $206,500,000 (2016 – 2022)

12. Derek Jeter, $189,000,000 (2001-10)

*T13. Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)

*T13. Jason Heyward, $184,000,000 (2016 – 2023)

*T15. Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)

*T15. Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19)

*17Felix Hernandez, $175,000,000 (2013-19)

*18. Buster Posey, $167,000,000 (2013-21)

*19CC Sabathia, $161,000,000 (2009-15)

T-20. Manny Ramirez, $160,000,000 (2001-08)

*T-20. Matt Kemp, $160,000,000 (2012-19)

22. Alex Rodriguez, $158,400,000 (2001-2007)

*23 Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000 (2011-20)

*24  Masahiro Tanaka, $155,000,000 (2014 – 20) (Doesn’t include his $20 MIL posting fee)

*25Jon Lester, $155,000,000 (2015 – 2021)

*26. Adrian Gonzalez, $154,000,000 (2012-18)

*27. Jacoby Ellsbury , $153,000,000 (2014-2020)

*28. Miguel Cabrera, $152,300,000 (2008-15)

*29.  Mike Trout, $144, 500, 000 (2015 – 2020)

*30Cole Hamels, $144,000,000 (2013-18) 

*31Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)

32Todd Helton, $141,500,000 (2003-11)

*33. David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20)

34. Johan Santana, $137,500,000 (2008-13)

*35Alfonso Soriano, $136,000,000 (2007-14)

*36.  Freddie Freeman, $135,000,000 (2014-21)

*37.  Shin-Soo Choo, $130,000,000 (2014-20)

*38. Matt Cain, $127,500,000 (2012-17)

T39. Vernon Wells, $126,000,000 (2008-14)

T-39. Barry Zito, $126,000,000 (2007-13)

*T39. Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)

*T-42Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)

*T-42: Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17)

44. Mike Hampton, $121,000,000 (2001-08)

T-45Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08)

*T-45. Matt Holliday, $120,000,000 (2010-16)

*T-45: Elvis Andrus, $120,000,000(2015-22)

 T-45:  Cliff Lee, $120,000,000 (2011-15)

49Carlos Beltran, $119,000,000 (2005-11)

50 .Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08)

Just Outside the BAR

*T51. Jordan Zimmermann, $110,000,000 (2016 – 2020)

*T51.  Dustin Pedroia, $110,0000, 000 (2014 – 2021)

 

The Cubs payroll has just shot up to north of $150 MIL but they should start a new sellout streak at the renovated Wrigley Field, and will not have a problem acquiring revenue with this young exciting club. This Heyward deal will push them to the forefront as the favorite not only the National League but also for the entire MLB. They are the team to beat in 2016.

The Cubs payroll has just shot up to north of $150 MIL but they should start a new sellout streak at the renovated Wrigley Field, and will not have a problem acquiring revenue with this young exciting club. This Heyward deal will push them to the forefront as the favorite not only the National League but also for the entire MLB. They are the team to beat in 2016.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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