Hoyer discusses trade rumors with Jason Heyward
Dale Zanine - USA Today Sports
Internet rumors were swirling that the Cubs were trying to trade right fielder Jason Heyward to the Giants since the beginning of free agency.
However, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer set the record straight during a radio interview with Spiegel and Parkins Show on 670 The Score.
“Those are just the kind of made-up rumors that happen this time of year,” Hoyer said. “This is not against you for asking me, because it’s news, but it’s just the nature of our job today, that someone throws an idea out on a blog or something like that and all of a sudden people get asked about it and it’s news. There’s no truth to that rumor whatsoever. I don’t know where that stuff comes from.”
Hoyer said that he was glad to hear that Heyward won another gold glove award and he is optimistic that Heyward will progress offensively at the plate.
Jason, I’m really happy for him,” Hoyer said. “He won his second Gold Glove with us. I think he’s going to continue to work hard over the winter, and I think he’s trying to regain sort of where he was offensively a few years ago. But listen, he’s been a great teammate, a great defender. He’s helped us win in a lot of ways. Those rumors, I don’t have any idea where that came from.”
In 2017, Heyward batted .259 with 11 homers, 59 RBI, and .326 on-base percentage. For his career, Heyward is hitting .262 with 115 dingers and 460 RBI. Heyward still has six years left on his contract worth $147.5 million.