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Top Jason Heyward News

  • Dodgers' Jason Heyward: Confirmed for Opening Day roster

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Thursday that Heyward will be on the Opening Day roster, Juan Toribio of reports.

    The writing has been on the wall for much of the spring, and now it's official. Heyward offers very little offensive upside at this point in his career, but he can cover all three outfield spots for the Dodgers in what is certain to be a backup role.

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  • Dodgers' Jason Heyward: Expected to make Opening Day roster

    Heyward is a "safe bet" to be on the Dodgers' Opening Day roster, manager Dave Roberts told Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic on Wednesday.

    It had already seemed like a good bet even before Gavin Lux's season-ending knee injury pushed Chris Taylor into more infield duty. The Dodgers aren't exactly settled in left or center field, so Heyward could actually wind up playing quite a bit. He's showed up to camp with a new swing and has already popped a couple Cactus League homers.

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  • Dodgers' Jason Heyward: Has leg up for final OF spot

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Heyward "absolutely" has a leg up in the competition for the final outfield roster spot, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Heyward made a significant swing change over the offseason, and Roberts noted that he liked how it looked during live batting practice Monday in camp. The 33-year-old accepted a minor-league contract from Los Angeles back in December after getting cut loose by the Cubs. He's slashed just .211/.280/.326 in 504 major-league plate appearances since the beginning of the 2021 campaign, but perhaps the Dodgers can work some of their magic on him in 2023.

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  • Dodgers' Jason Heyward: Makes significant swing change

    Heyward made a significant adjustment to his mechanics at the plate over the winter, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    The case against Heyward is easy to make: he's a 33-year-old non-roster invitee who owns an 88 wRC+ over the last seven seasons and a 67 wRC+ over the last two. The case in his favor no longer relies solely on stats from 2015 or earlier, however. He's found himself with an organization that has a reputation for improving its players, and it appears that work has already begun. There's no guarantee Heyward's swing change has the desired effect, but he's at least given himself a chance to remain relevant.

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  • Dodgers' Jason Heyward: Heading to LA on MiLB deal

    Heyward agreed to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Thursday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Matthew Moreno of reports.

    The 33-year-old was released by the Cubs in November and will now join the Dodgers as a reclamation project. Heyward is owed $22 million by Chicago for the final year of the eight-year contract he signed in 2015, so Los Angeles will only pay the big-league minimum if he makes it to the majors. The veteran outfielder played in just 48 games last season and had a .204/.278/.277 slash line.

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  • Jason Heyward: Cut loose by Cubs

    The Cubs granted Heyward (knee) his unconditional release Monday.

    Chicago reinstated Heyward from the 60-day injured list last week in what amounted to a procedural move, but he won't stick around on the 40-man roster after Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer previously announced in August that the veteran outfielder wouldn't be retained for the 2023 season. Though Heyward was an everyday player and positive clubhouse presence on the Cubs' 2016 World Series-winning squad, he was otherwise a massive disappointment after inking an eight-year, $184 million deal with Chicago in December 2015. Over his seven seasons in Chicago, Heyward slashed .245/.323/.377 (88 wRC+) across 2,836 plate appearances. The Cubs will eat the remaining $22 million on Heyward's deal while allowing the 33-year-old to hit free agency, but he's unlikely to fetch much more than a minor-league deal or a low-cost one-year MLB deal on the open market this winter.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Ridgewood, NJ
Age: 33
Experience: 13
Bats/Throws: L, L