|Dec. 11 1:02 PM PT2:02 PM MT3:02 PM CT4:02 PM ET16:02 ET21:02 GMT5:02 2:02 PM MST4:02 PM EST4:32 PM VEN1:02 UAE (+1)3:02 PM CT-A person familiar with the negotiations says the Chicago Cubs and free agent outfielder Jason Heyward have agreed to a $184 million, eight-year contract. The person spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
Analysis: The agreement with the three-time Gold Glove winner is the latest in a series of big moves by the Cubs as they try to build on a breakthrough season and bring home their first World Series title since 1908. The Cubs won 97 games and reached the NL Championship Series before getting swept by the New York Mets. Chicago also has added pitcher John Lackey and infielder Ben Zobrist.
|Nov. 6 9:59 AM PT10:59 AM MT11:59 AM CT12:59 PM ET12:59 ET17:59 GMT1:59 10:59 AM MST12:59 PM EST1:29 PM VEN21:59 UAE11:59 AM CT-The St. Louis Cardinals have made $15.8 million qualifying offers to two of their players who became free agents: Heyward and pitcher John Lackey.
Analysis: Lackey, a 37-year-old right-hander, was 13-10 with a 2.77 ERA. Heyward, 26, hit .293 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs.
|Oct. 13 3:22 PM PT4:22 PM MT5:22 PM CT6:22 PM ET18:22 ET22:22 GMT6:22 3:22 PM MST5:22 PM EST5:52 PM VEN2:22 UAE (+1)5:22 PM CT-Heyward continued his tear with a 2-for-4 day on Monday, including a home run off Jake Arrieta.
Analysis: Heyward is hitting .414 during an eight-game hitting streak that stretches over five regular season games and three in the NLDS.
|Oct. 1 7:43 AM PT8:43 AM MT9:43 AM CT10:43 AM ET10:43 ET14:43 GMT22:43 7:43 AM MST9:43 AM EST10:13 AM VEN18:43 UAE9:43 AM CT-Heyward's third-inning grand slam led the way for the Cardinals' 11-1 win in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader at Pittsburgh. That also clinched the NL Central title for St. Louis.
Analysis: He is 7 for 15 in the last four games.
|Sep. 16 3:27 PM PT4:27 PM MT5:27 PM CT6:27 PM ET18:27 ET22:27 GMT6:27 3:27 PM MST5:27 PM EST5:57 PM VEN2:27 UAE (+1)5:27 PM CT-Heyward was 3 for 4 with his 12th home run and two doubles Tuesday at Milwaukee.
Analysis: Heyward is batting .478 with five RBIs during a six-game hitting streak, recording four doubles in the last two contests.
|Aug. 31 2:42 PM PT3:42 PM MT4:42 PM CT5:42 PM ET17:42 ET21:42 GMT5:42 2:42 PM MST4:42 PM EST5:12 PM VEN1:42 UAE (+1)4:42 PM CT-Heyward finished a home run shy of the cycle and drove in a run in a 7-5 win in San Francisco on Sunday.
Analysis: Heyward, now batting .291, is 12 for 32 (.375) in his last nine games.
|Aug. 30 1:24 PM PT2:24 PM MT3:24 PM CT4:24 PM ET16:24 ET20:24 GMT4:24 1:24 PM MST3:24 PM EST3:54 PM VEN0:24 UAE (+1)3:24 PM CT-Heyward was 2 for 4 on Saturday.
Analysis: Heyward is only batting .255 on the road so this was a step in the right direction.
|Aug. 24 9:58 AM PT10:58 AM MT11:58 AM CT12:58 PM ET12:58 ET16:58 GMT0:58 9:58 AM MST11:58 AM EST12:28 PM VEN20:58 UAE11:58 AM CT-Heyward finished a home run shy of the cycle and drove in a run in a 10-3 win in San Diego on Sunday.
Analysis: Heyward, now batting a career-best .290, was 4 for 19 (.211) in his previous seven games.
|Aug. 17 5:52 PM PT6:52 PM MT7:52 PM CT8:52 PM ET20:52 ET0:52 GMT8:52 5:52 PM MST7:52 PM EST8:22 PM VEN4:52 UAE (+1)7:52 PM CT-Heyward was out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against San Francisco.
Analysis: Heyward exited Monday's game after two innings with left hamstring tightness and is day-to-day. Rookie Tommy Pham replaced him in the lineup.
|Aug. 17 8:39 AM PT9:39 AM MT10:39 AM CT11:39 AM ET11:39 ET15:39 GMT23:39 8:39 AM MST10:39 AM EST11:09 AM VEN19:39 UAE10:39 AM CT-Heyward homered twice and knocked in three runs Sunday against Miami.
Analysis: Heyward had gone 45 games without a home run prior to the breakout, though he's been swinging the bat well despite the lack of power. He's hitting .333 (20 for 60) over his last 16 games.
|July 8 2:13 PM PT3:13 PM MT4:13 PM CT5:13 PM ET17:13 ET21:13 GMT5:13 2:13 PM MST4:13 PM EST4:43 PM VEN1:13 UAE (+1)4:13 PM CT-Heyward had a productive Tuesday as he went 4 for 8 with two runs scored in a double-header loss at Wrigley Field.
Analysis: The right fielder has been on a roll over the past month, batting .352 over his last 23 games.
|June 25 9:30 AM PT10:30 AM MT11:30 AM CT12:30 PM ET12:30 ET16:30 GMT0:30 9:30 AM MST11:30 AM EST12:00 PM VEN20:30 UAE11:30 AM CT-Heyward homered for the third consecutive game as the Cardinals topped the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Heyward hit a three-run homer, his ninth of the season, as he continues to mash at the dish for baseball's best team.
|June 22 3:36 PM PT4:36 PM MT5:36 PM CT6:36 PM ET18:36 ET22:36 GMT6:36 3:36 PM MST5:36 PM EST6:06 PM VEN2:36 UAE (+1)5:36 PM CT-Heyward had his third straight multihit game Sunday, going 3 for 4 with his seventh home run of the year at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Heyward is 18 for 43 (.419) with six extra-base hits in his last 12 contests.
|June 21 12:05 PM PT1:05 PM MT2:05 PM CT3:05 PM ET15:05 ET19:05 GMT3:05 12:05 PM MST2:05 PM EST2:35 PM VEN23:05 UAE2:05 PM CT-Heyward had three hits with a double and two RBIs Saturday.
Analysis: Heyward is 8 for 16 on this road trip.
|May 8 1:50 PM PT2:50 PM MT3:50 PM CT4:50 PM ET16:50 ET20:50 GMT4:50 1:50 PM MST3:50 PM EST4:20 PM VEN0:50 UAE (+1)3:50 PM CT-Heyward was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI in Thursday's win over the Cubs.
Analysis: Heyward is 7 for 15 with nine runs scored in the last four games. His average is on the rise, but he doesn't have an extra-base hit in 12 games. His OPS is still at .653, which is a difficult number to stomach in a fantasy outfield.
|Apr. 6 8:53 AM PT9:53 AM MT10:53 AM CT11:53 AM ET11:53 ET15:53 GMT23:53 8:53 AM MST10:53 AM EST11:23 AM VEN19:53 UAE10:53 AM CT-Heyward had three hits in his St. Louis debut on Sunday against the Cubs.
Analysis: Heyward is 9 for 18 with five doubles in his last four games at Wrigley Field.