"This is a business," he said, according to the Associated Press. "I was definitely open to (a long-term deal), but that conversation never took place."
Heyward was an All-Star and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2010, when he hit .277 with 18 home runs and 72 RBI in 142 games. In the years since, though, his numbers haven’t improved much. He spiked at 27 home runs in 2012 but hit just 11 last season with a .271 average. He won Gold Gloves in 2012 and 2014.