It appears the Jason Heyward era is officially coming to an end. The Chicago Cubs have reported that Heyward will not play for the rest of the season. In addition, President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer said Heyward will not be with the team in 2023.
The Cubs went on to add that Heyward will not be released midseason because of the amount of respect he carries in the clubhouse. There is no doubt Heyward is an important piece of the locker room. Keeping him with the team for the remainder of the season can only help some of the young guys like Christopher Morel and Nelson Velazquez.
Heyward has been on the IL since the end of June. He was placed on the 10-day IL with a right knee issue. The veteran is entering the final season of his contract next year and is owed $22 million for the 2023 season.
Overall, this announcement is about respect. The organization recognizes how much he still means to the team. Sure, his play at the plate might not have lived up to the contract, but his defensive value and leadership were well worth his tenure in Chicago.