Although the move was announced during the 2022 season, the Chicago Cubs and Jason Heyward have officially parted ways. Heyward was granted his unconditional release on Monday, making him a free agent.
Although Heyward is a free agent, the Cubs will pay out what he's owed for 2023, which is $22 million. The veteran outfielder has a chance to catch on somewhere new and the Cubs officially have turned the right field reigns over to Seiya Suzuki. This is the first move that indicates the "new core" is being created on the North Side.
Heyward last played for the Cubs on June 24, after which he was sidelined with an injury. He remained on the shelf for the rest of the season, with an official announcement in early August regarding the two sides parting ways.
The 33-year-old only suited up in 48 games during the 2022 campaign and had an underwhelming offensive career as a Cub after signing for $184 million before the 2016 season. However, it's hard to argue that his Gold Glove defense and magical speech didn't make an impact on the Cubs' organization. Although both sides probably wish his tenure was better at the plate, Heyward's impact on Chicago is undeniable.
Some fans will likely be happy that he is gone. But most of the fan base understands the impact Jason Heyward had on the Cubs and what he meant in his time in Chicago. Now, he can start another chapter elsewhere in his career.