NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, December 11, 2015, 1:45 PM
Jason Heyward, who helped the Cardinals win the NL Central last season, is moving to Chicago.
The Mets went through Wrigley Field to get to the World Series last season, but a winter re-load by the Cubs could make that path more treacherous in 2016.
The Cubs added outfielder Jason Heyward Friday afternoon, signing the 26-year-old to a free-agent contract, according to multiple media reports. The Cubs have already added Met target Ben Zobrist to play second base and pitchers John Lackey and Adam Warren this off-season and reportedly are looking for more arms to bolster their pitching staff.
Not only does the move help the Cubs, it takes away from their biggest rivals – the Cardinals had Heyward last season and won the National League Central division, but the Redbirds need a replacement now.
Heyward, who could play center field for the Cubs, batted .293 with a .359 on-base percentage and a .439 slugging percentage last season for St. Louis. He also had 13 home runs and 60 RBI. While he does not profile as a huge power hitter, his age and elite defense made him perhaps the most attractive free agent outfielder among a class that includes Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton.