It doesn't matter that you are the team's best-paid player in the franchise's history; if the manager has a plan that it will work out without you, he will not hesitate on putting you in the bench as longs if its good for the team. With this mindset, the Chicago Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, is willing to leave Jason Heyward on the bench for the good of the team.
According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Joe Maddon is considering to limit Hewyard's playtime in the outfield if Ian Happ, Albert Almora Jr., and Kyle Schwarber keep progressing as they have done it so far.
Heyward's contract has 6 more years left and he will earn around $21.5 million each season; that's more than the average salary of the other 7 position players that will probably be going to start on Opening Day.
The player has struggled since he signed the deal back in 2016, as he only has a batting average of .243 with 18 home runs and 108 runs batted in over the two years he has been at Wrigley Field.