Off the Record (OTR)

Cubs start $184 million mistake in right field

I thought it was a lousy idea for the Chicago Cubs to sign Jason Heyward to an eight-year, $184 million contract this past offseason. He was coming off a career year after giving you a nice sampling in MLB of what he really is. Even if he replicated last year’s big year, the contract is too long and a $23 million per year average is too much for a great defender with limited skill at the plate.

Well, he’s actually worse than I could have ever thought. Idiots can point to WAR and other nonsense, I look and see a guy who hit .230 this year with seven home runs. Much worse than most imagined, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that last year was the anomaly and not the norm.

Probably without much of a choice, the Cubs are starting Heyward in right field on Saturday in Game 4 of the World Series, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.

“#Cubs lineup vs Indians: Fowler CF, Bryant 3B, Riz 1B, Zobrist LF, Contreras C, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Baez 2B, Lackey P,” Muskat tweets.

Heyward has been even worse in the playoffs than he was in the regular season. He’s 2-for-31 (.064) in the playoffs and 0-for-3 in the World Series. But, but…his defense!! His WAR!!

This guy so far is one of the worst free agent signings in sports history. Do I think he’ll be this bad next year? I don’t know, is that even possible?

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