The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a relatively quiet offseason by their standards, re-signing Clayton Kershaw but watching several of their free agents sign elsewhere. The Dodgers did manage to scoop up a former All-Star on Thursday, however, inking outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal.
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Heyward, 33, was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason after a disappointing seven-year run with the team. While he helped the team win a World Series in 2016 and took home a pair of Gold Gloves during his time there, his offensive production never lived up to his eight-year, $184 million contract.
The veteran outfielder still has one year and $22 million remaining on that deal, which the Cubs are covering in 2023. That means the Dodgers were essentially able to pick him up for virtually nothing, making him a low-risk flier.
It's been a long time since Heyward was effective at the plate, but perhaps a change of scenery will help revive his career. Los Angeles has had good luck with reclamation projects recently, so maybe Heyward will rediscover his stroke out west.
If not, it might be time for the former first-round pick to call it a career after 13 seasons in The Show.