CHICAGO — For months, everyone had known the move was going to happen, and all that was left was to make it official.
The Cubs did so on Monday when it came to Jason Heyward.
On social media, tThe team announced that they have officially granted the outfielder his unconditional release having spent the past seven years at the club. He will be released before the final year of his contract, which he owes $22 million.
Team President Jed Hoyer announced during an August 8 press conference at Wrigley Field that Heyward would be fired at the end of the season. It came as the outfielder was struggling with a right knee infection that put him on the injured list in June and kept him out for the remainder of the regular season.
Heyward played in just 48 games during the 2022 season, hitting .204/.278/.277 with five doubles, a triple, a home run and ten RBI.
While he didn’t play for the remainder of the season, the outfielder was honored twice at Wrigley Field before his career with the club came to an end.
On September 16, in a pregame ceremony, Heyward was recognized as the Cubs’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
In the fourth inning of the Cubs game against the Reds at Wrigley Field on October 1, the team honored Heyward’s time with the club by playing a special video in the fourth inning. After that, Heyward emerged from the dugout with his 2016 World Series championship ring when he received a standing ovation from fans.
Heyward, who was signed ahead of the 2016 season, played in 744 regular-season games and hit .245 with 111 doubles, 62 homers and 289 RBI. He won National League Gold Gloves in 2016 and 2017 and has often been praised for his leadership on a team that weathered the franchise’s 108-year World Series championship drought.
These included a speech during the rain delay in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series in Cleveland, which players and front office members credit for realigning the team before winning the contest 8-7 in 10 innings for the championship.
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