Cubs sign Jason Heyward to contract MLB Network

Cubs sign Jason Heyward to contract MLB Network


REDS ARE IN A TOUGH SPOT IN THAT DIVISION. CLEARLY THE BEST IN BASEBALL LAST SEASON. MOST RECENTLY, JASON HEYWARD. WHY DID THIS CONTRACT WORK SO WELL FOR THE CUBS? PHIL: IF YOU LOOK AT THEIR PAYROLL STRUCTURE, THEY ARE IN THIS THREE-YEAR SWEET SPOT WHERE THIS YOUNG LINEUP LOADED WITH HITTERS IS A VERY CHEAP LINEUP. UNTIL KRIS BRYANT, ADDISON RUSSELL, KYLE SCHWARBER START MAKING MONEY, THAT ALLOWS THEM TO GO OUT AND BE FLEXIBLE IN THIS WINDOW. YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO GIVE JASON HEYWARD THE CONTRACT GIVEN THE FACT THAT HE HAS NEVER BEEN THE RUN PRODUCER YOU WISH TO BUILD YOUR TEAM AROUND. WHEN YOU CAN HAVE HIM AS A COMPLEMENTARY PLAYER AND RELY ON HIM IN THE FIELD TO MAKE ALL OF YOUR PITCHERS BETTER, RELY ON HIM TO GET ON BASE. A BE THAT MAKES KRIS BRYANT AND ANTHONY RIZZO A 130-R.B.I. GUY. HE IS THE HIGHEST-PAID COMPLEMENTARY PLAYER IN BASEBALL. THEO EPSTEIN HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO DO THAT. PAUL: DOES THIS MEAN THAT THEY TRADE GUYS LIKE BAEZ AND SOLER FOR MORE PITCHING? PHIL: THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO IMPROVE AND ADD AN IMPACT YOUNG ARM, POSSIBLY A RELIEVER. IF THEY DO THAT AT THIS POINT, THEY WOULD HAVE TO BRING IN AN OUTFIELDER. I HAVE TALKED ABOUT KEVIN KIERMAIER. THE RAYS HAVE STARTING PITCHING, THEY HAVE RELIEF PITCHING. THE TALKS WITH ARIZONA AFTER THE SHELBY MILLER TRADE, THERE WAS SOME INTEREST IN ENDER INCIARTE. MAYBE THEY WOULD HAVE TO GIVE UP BOTH OF THOSE GUYS IN THE SAME TRADE. I AM SKEPTICAL. I THINK THAT THEO EPSTEIN REALLY DOES NOT WANT TO MOVE THESE YOUNG HITTERS. HE WANTS TO GIVE THEM THE 2016 SEASON TO FIND OUT A LITTLE MORE TO MAKE SURE HE IS NOT TRADING AWAY A PERENNIAL ALL-STAR. THEY HAVE A TEAM SET UP WHERE THEY CAN GO TO SPRING TRAINING WITH THIS ROSTER. PAUL: PHIL ROGERS IN CHICAGO. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE ADDITIONS ON THE LEFT, SUBTRACTIONS ON THE RIGHT. THE THING IS, SHOULD WE MAKE SURE WE SAVE SOME SPACE ON THE LEFT SIDE? TOM: THEY ARE NOT DONE. KYLE SCHWARBER IS A BELOW-AVERAGE DEFENDER IN LEFT. JORGE SOLER IS A BELOW AVERAGE DEFENDER IN RIGHT. JASON HEYWARD IS A TREMENDOUS RIGHT FIELDER. 32 GAMES IN CENTER. THEY NEED A CENTER FIELDER. I LIKE THE IDEA OF KIERMAIER OR ENDER INCIARTE. THEY MATCH UP VERY WELL WITH THOSE TWO TEAMS. I DO THINK THAT SOLER AND BAEZ ARE CHIPS TO MOVE. THEIR LOWER MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM HAS PROSPECTS THAT A LOT OF TEAMS LIKE. I DO NOT THINK THEY ARE FINISHED. THE MOVE IS A LEGIT DEFENDER IN CENTER FIELD. THAT TEAM KNOWS ANALYTICS TOO WELL TO DO THAT. BILL: WE ARE IN TODAY’S WORLD WHERE MONEY IS GOING TO BE THROWN AT SOME PEOPLE. HE IS A COMPLEMENTARY PLAYER. THE BIG KNOCK IS THAT HE DOES NOT HIT HOME RUNS. HE IS NOT A RUN PRODUCER. THE MIDDLE OF THAT ORDER ALREADY HAS HOME RUN HITTERS AND RUN PRODUCERS. YOU PUT HIM AT THE TOP OF THE ORDER OR IN THE SIXTH OR SEVENTH SPOT AND LET HIM PLAY. WILL HE LIVE UP TO THAT CONTRACT AT THE END? PROBABLY NOT. IS HE A NICE PIECE WITH THE CHICAGO CUBS, IF THE ANSWER IS YES, I LIKE THAT MOVE. MIKE: YOU LOOK AT BRYANT, SCHWARBER, SOLER, RUSSELL, THEY ARE UNDERPAID. YOU CAN OFFSET THAT BY PAYING JASON HEYWARD A LITTLE MORE. THAT IS A DAGGER TO THE CARDINALS. THEIR RIVAL LOSES ONE, THEY GAIN ONE. I THINK THAT THE LACKEY DEAL IS A GREAT DEAL FOR THEM. BILL: YOU HIT THE CARDINALS AGAIN. MIKE: FOUR YEARS AND CRAZY MONEY. LACKEY IS ARGUABLY COMING OFF THE BEST YEAR OF HIS CAREER DURING THE CUBS HAVE A LOT TO BE EXCITED ABOUT GOING INTO NEXT YEAR. PAUL: JON LESTER LAST YEAR, FREE AGENTS AS WELL. CHICAGO IS BECOMING A DESTINATION THAT REAGENTS WANT TO GO TO. TOM: A LOT HAS TO DO WITH THE MANAGER JOE MADDON. I SAID THAT WAS THE BIGGEST SIGNING OF THE OFF-SEASON. HE IS A GREAT RECRUITER. WHO DOES NOT LOVE TO PLAY FOR JOE MADDON? IT HELPS TO HAVE THE MONEY. PAUL: HEYWARD, FOR EXAMPLE, WE HEAR $200 MILLION. PEOPLE ARE TURNING GOT MONEY TO GO TO CHICAGO. BILL: MAYBE THE $209 WAS NOT REAL. IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT $184 MILLION AND $209, GO WHERE YOU ARE HAPPY. HE IS NOT AFRAID TO MOVE GUYS AROUND. HE SEEMS TO MAKE EVERY PLAYER MORE COMFORTABLE. TOM: THE ATTRACTION OF THE LAST GREAT CHAMPIONSHIP IN SPORTS, A CHICAGO CUBS WORLD SERIES. WITH THAT BE ATTRACTIVE TO YOU AS A PLAYER? MIKE: IT HAS TO BE. YOU WOULD BE IMMORTALIZED IN A CITY STARVING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP. THE ZOBRIST RECRUITMENT, IF HE DID NOT LIKE THE WAY HE WAS USED IN TAMPA, THERE IS NO WAY HE SIGNS WITH THE CUBS. THERE ARE A LOT OF PIECES TO GETTING A COMPLETE TEAM. THE MANAGER IS ONE OF THEM, THE CITY IS ONE OF THEM. PAUL: YOU KNOW BOSTON VERY WELL. SO DOES THE OLT STEIN. THIS HAS THE REAL OF THAT LATE 90’S, EARLY 2000’S YANKEES-RED SOX. TOM: IT HAS BEEN A GREAT RIVALRY, BUT NEVER ON THE FIELD. NOT EXACTLY YANKEES-RED SOX. IT IS NOW. PAUL: WE HAVE GOT TO TAKE A BREAK ON “MLB TONIGHT.” WHEN WE COME BACK, WE WILL RECAP OUR TOP STORIES. JOHNNY CUETO WITH THE GIANTS. PETE ROSE, THE LIFET

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