It was later discovered that the Cardinals’ offer to Heyward was actually worth more than what the Cubs offered him, drawing the ire of St. Louis fans.
The Heyward signing has not worked out for the Cubs, as the once promising outfielder has hit just .245 in seven years with the team.
Today, the Cubs released Heyward, and a Cardinals fan found Heyward’s old comments on Twitter and posted a side by side with the news from several weeks ago that Wainwright would be returning.
— Quinn (@QuinnSTLCards) November 14, 2022
Heyward’s Comments Did Not Age Well
While Holliday left the team after the 2016 season and retired after 2018, Molina stuck around through the 2022 season and is just now beginning his retirement.
Wainwright also bounced back from numerous injuries and reinvented himself, becoming the team’s ace again.
Obviously, Heyward’s comments didn’t age terribly well.
The Cubs still owe the veteran outfielder $22 million in 2023 following his release.
The Cubs did win the World Series in 2016, but Heyward never quite panned out for the team.
Wainwright will be retiring at the end of the 2023 season.
He is the last holdover from the Cards’ World Series teams from 2006 and 2011.
In the end, St. Louis got the last laugh, and Cardinals fans are taking a lot of pleasure in that today.