FILE In this Sunday, July 26, 2015 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals jerseys right fielder cheap Jason Heyward jersey makes a leaping catch on a ball hit by Atlanta Braves jerseys’ cheap Nick Markakis jersey during the ninth inning of a baseball game in St. Louis. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Chicago Cubs jerseys and free agent outfielder cheap Jason Heyward jersey have agreed to a $184 million, eight year contract, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst, File)
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs jerseys already boasted one of the best young cores in baseball and that was before they added one of the top outfielders.
The agreement with the three time Gold Glove winner is the latest in a series of big moves by the Cubs jerseys as they try to build on a breakthrough season and bring home their first World Series title since 1908. The Cubs jerseys won 97 games and reached the NL Championship Series before getting swept by the New York Mets jerseys.
Chicago also has added pitchers cheap John Lackey jersey and cheap Adam Warren jersey along with infielder cheap Ben Zobrist jersey. Lackey, like Heyward, left the rival Cardinals jerseys for the Cubs jerseys and figures to be Chicago’s No. 3 starter behind NL Cy Young Award winner cheap Jake Arrieta jersey and cheap Jon Lester jersey.
An All Star in 2010, the 26 year old Heyward hit .293 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs this year, helping St. Louis win the NL Central. He spent his first five big league seasons with Atlanta.
Chicago also signed Zobrist to a $56 million, four year contract and traded cheap Starlin Castro jersey to the New York Yankees jerseys for Warren.
Heyward has a .268 career batting average and has hit more than 18 home runs just once. But the Cubs jerseys are counting on him to help strengthen a batting order that includes young sluggers cheap Anthony Rizzo jersey, cheap Kris Bryant jersey and cheap Kyle Schwarber jersey along with cheap Addison Russell jersey. All are 26 or younger, with Rizzo a two time All Star and Bryant a unanimous pick for NL Rookie of the Year.
The Cubs jerseys also are counting on Heyward to help solidify their outfield, whether they keep him in right field or move him to center. If Heyward plays right, they could try to trade cheap Jorge Soler jersey for a pitcher or center fielder.
The addition of Heyward will only further fuel expectations after the Cubs jerseys finished with both the third best record in the majors and in their division. Even though they took two players from the Cardinals jerseys, beating St. Louis and Pittsburgh in the Central won’t be easy.
Still the moves they made reinforce just how serious the Cubs jerseys are about winning their first pennant since 1945. They won their last title 17 days after the Ford’s first Model T left the car factory in 1908.
Chairman Tom Ricketts was willing to open up the checkbook rather than wait for more revenue from the Wrigley Field renovation and potential TV deal to kick in.
While the Cubs jerseys might wind up having overpaid for Zobrist, who turns cheap mlb majestic jerseys 35 in May, on the back end of his contract, Heyward should have plenty of prime seasons remaining. That’s a big difference from the $136 million, eight year deal the Cubs jerseys gave Alfonso Soriano under previous ownership and management before the 2007 season. Soriano was 31 at the time, and while he helped Chicago win division titles the first two seasons, his deal became a burden as he started to decline.
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