The signing of outfielder Jason Heyward to an eight-year, $184 million deal has, without question, been one of the worst decisions that the Chicago Cubs front office has made this decade.
When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer signed Heyward during the 2015-16 offseason, the deal was touted as a further step in the right direction for a team that was on the cusp of going to the World Series (if you recall, the Mets swept the Cubs in the 2015 NLCS).
The rationale behind the signing was simple. Heyward was coming off of one of the best offensive seasons of his career, slashing .293/.359/.439 (121 wRC+) with 13 home runs and 60 runs batted in over 610 plate appearances. In addition to his offensive numbers being in the approximately top-quarter of the league that year, Heyward was also the fourth-best defensive outfielder, rating out as 11.3 defensive runs above average there.
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