Back when I was still in middle school, everyone who was a Braves fan was all about two guys — Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward. Now, the duo is back together with the Dodgers — Heyward signed a minor league deal with Los Angeles with an invite to Spring Training:
The @dodgers have signed OF Jason Heyward to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. pic.twitter.com/cj4wZHi321
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) December 8, 2022
Heyward had some big moments for the Braves, and was a huge fan favorite. There were some inconsistencies, but he was still a very solid player before the Braves traded him to the Cardinals in exchange for Shelby Miller, who eventually landed Atlanta Dansby Swanson. Miller also signed with the Dodgers this offseason.
The Cubs gave Heyward an eight-year, $184 million contract after a good season with the Cardinals. Sadly, Heyward never lived up to the deal, but he did win a World Series in Chicago and is often cited as one of the reasons they pulled off Game 7 of that World Series. Heyward’s locker room speech is credited by Cubs players for leading them to victory after a really long rain delay.
I would have loved to have given Heyward this type of deal, but I’m sure he’s happy to be back with Freeman in some capacity. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Dodgers got some production out of him.
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