2016 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: National League Facts
FEB 1, 12:47p ET | Ryan Fowler
Rotowire: Dec 11 / 10:48a ET
News: Heyward has agreed to sign with the Cubs, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Impact: Several teams, including the Nationals and Cardinals, had been vying to sign Heyward during the Winter Meetings, but the Cubs appear to have landed the talented outfielder. Though the Cubs have not officially announced the signing, Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune also confirmed the report. Heyward will provide Gold Glove-caliber defense in the Chicago outfield in addition to excellent on-base ability (.359 OBP in 2015). He is also a career .311/.376/.522 hitter at Wrigley Field.
StatsLLC: Dec 11 / 12:00a ET
News: The Chicago Cubs officially announced the signing of Heyward.
Impact: The Cubs scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference with the three-time Gold Glove winner at Spiaggia Restaurant, one of President Barack Obama's favorites. Heyward agreed to a $184 million, eight-year contract last week. The signing of Heyward is the latest in a series of big moves as the Cubs try to bring home the franchise's first World Series title since 1908.
Rotowire: Nov 13 / 2:31p ET
News: Heyward declined his qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Friday and will remain a free agent, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: It was simply a formality for Heyward to turn the deal down, as he's in line for a more lucrative, multi-year deal. The 26-year-old had an impressive season in his lone year in St. Louis, slashing .293/.359/.439 with 13 homers and 23 steals. The Cardinals will still try to retain him but will now get a draft pick as compensation if Heyward signs elsewhere.