I wouldn’t be surprised if we are watching the last game of Jason Heyward Cubs career.
Taylor McGregor has reported,
Mark Leiter Jr. will start tomorrow for the #Cubs.
— Taylor McGregor (@Taylor_McGregor) April 15, 2022
Mark Leiter Jr will make his Cubs debut Saturday night against the Rockies.
Leiter Jr looks to continue his success that he showed in Spring Training, where he pitched 9 2/3 innings and gave up 1 earned run.
Leiter Jr is not currently on the Cubs 40 man roster. Which means the Cubs will have to make a move in order for him to pitch tomorrow.
I have been sitting here thinking of anyone else from the Majors to the Minors. Then I thought it has to be from the Major League roster, because there isn’t anyone I can see them send down right now. Then it hit me. Someone we all knew was playing on this team on borrowed time, because Brennan Davis isn’t far away. That player is Jason Heyward.
It will be bitter sweet. He was a key part of the Championship team and a leader in the clubhouse, but offensively he never produced at the consistent level that was expected of him. His contract is the other hard pill to swallow. He is owed $22 million this season and next. That’s a lot of money to pay a player to not play for you, but this is the move that needs to be made.
If it does happen tomorrow I, along with others, will wish nothing but the best to Jason, and thank him for helping bring us what we all waited our whole life for.
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