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Cubs Officially Part Ways With Postseason Hero

Tyler Maher
The Chicago Cubs are officially moving on from a member of their 2016 World Series team.
The Chicago Cubs are officially moving on from a member of their 2016 World Series team. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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After seven up-and-down seasons together, the Chicago Cubs and Jason Heyward are finally breaking up.

The Cubs announced on Monday that they have officially released Heyward, who still has one year and $22 million remaining on the eight-year, $184 million contract he signed with Chicago prior to the 2016 season.

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The Heyward signing paid immediate dividends for the Cubs, who ended their 108-year championship drought in his first season with the team. While Heyward's performance declined on the field, the veteran outfielder delivered a stirring locker room speech during a rain delay in Game 7 of the World Series that helped spur Chicago to victory.

Heyward's contract quickly proved to be an albatross, however, as he never came close to providing the offensive value needed to justify his massive salary. While he won two Gold Gloves with the Cubs and helped them make the postseason four times, he batted just .245/.323/.377 in his seven campaigns on the North Side.

The former All-Star's performance continued to deteriorate in his 30s, necessitating his release. Over the past two seasons combined, Heyward slashed a paltry .211/.280/.326 with 9 home runs and 40 RBIs over 152 games.

While the Cubs are still responsible for Heyward's salary in 2023, they can now fill his roster spot with a younger, more productive player as they try to return to contention. As for Heyward, the 33-year-old may have a hard time finding a job after years of underwhelming results, although perhaps someone will give him a chance on a cheap, low-risk deal.

Although Heyward's tenure in Chicago was ultimately a disappointment, he'll always be remembered or the pivotal role he played on one of the most important teams in baseball history.

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