If the rumors are to be believed, Jason Heyward is deciding between three teams, the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and Washington Nationals. He reportedly has a $200 million offer in hand, likely from the Nationals. It’s difficult to imagine that the Cubs or Cardinals are the team that made the offer for $200 million. Regardless, Heyward should be making his decision soon.
The $200 million figure could be completely fabricated, as in recent weeks, a $100 million offer was reported for Jeff Samardzija and a $80 million offer was floated for Ben Zobrist. Samardzija signed for $90 million and Zobrist for $56 million. Heyward’s offer may be legitimate as he is viewed as a $20-25 million player over eight or nine years. A 26-year-old outfielder who plays Gold Glove defense, steals bases, takes walks, and could blossom into a 25-homer threat is rare on the free-agent market. Someone will pay Heyward a ton of money, and the analysts will collectively deem it an overpay because it is difficult to measure the full value of Heyward’s well-rounded game.
So, of the Cardinals, Cubs, and Nationals, which team needs Heyward the most?