Report: Dodgers Sign Jason Heyward To One-Year, $9 Million Contract

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Veteran outfielder Jason Heyward is making a return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, inking a one-year contract worth $9 million, according to sources reported by ESPN. This reunion is pending a successful physical examination.

Heyward’s performance had a significant upswing in the 2023 season with the Dodgers, boasting a batting average of .269, 15 home runs, and an impressive 2.2 wins above replacement, as per FanGraphs. As a left-handed batter, Heyward showcased his versatility by playing across all three outfield positions and first base, typically in a platoon role. It’s a role he’s expected to continue in 2024.

Furthermore, Heyward’s return to the Dodgers opens up opportunities for star Mookie Betts to take on more second base duties during the upcoming season.

Back in 2015, Heyward secured an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, a deal that came with high expectations. Unfortunately, he fell short of those expectations, leading to his release by the Cubs after the 2022 season, despite having one year remaining on his contract.

At 34 years old, Heyward is entering his 15th MLB season, previously suiting up for the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. Over his career, he has maintained a .258 batting average, hit 174 home runs, and recorded 681 RBIs.