CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have introduced their newest free agent signing, former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward.
Last week Heyward agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract with the team – and on Tuesday the Cubs made it official.
The Cubs, who won 97 games last season before losing to the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series, have also added pitchers John Lackey and Adam Warren this off season along with infielder Ben Zobrist. But Heyward has been their biggest acquisition thus far, both in reputation and in dollars. Also, stealing him away from the St. Louis Cardinals doesn't hurt in the eyes of many Cubs fans.
Team president Theo Epstein introduced Heyward and said he was one of the best right fielders in the game. Heyward fielded questions from reporters, emphasizing that his goal has always been to win a World Series – something the North Siders have not done since 1908.
Heyward set career highs in several offensive categories last year with the Cardinals, including a .293 batting average, 33 doubles, 160 hits and 23 stolen bases. He has also consistently ranked as one of the best defensive outfielders in all of baseball and is a three-time Gold Glove award-winner.
Heyward credited the team's atmosphere and "product on the field" as his reasons for signing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.