With Jason Heyward and Cody Bellinger Playing, The Cubs Have a Lot of Money on the Field at Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers and Cubs are playing at Dodger Stadium this weekend — a dream matchup for baseball fans. For the Chicago Cubs front office, it’s a reminder that owning a baseball team can be tough sometimes. On Saturday, the Cubs have former Dodger Cody Bellinger in their lineup and playing in center field. The Dodgers have former Cub Jason Heyward in the lineup in center field.

The Cubbies are paying both of those outfielders.

We turn to our Doug McKain for a look at the financials.

Chicago released Heyward last season with one year left on a massive 8-year, $184 million deal he signed ahead of the 2016 season. He latched on with the Dodgers on a minor league deal this offseason and played his way onto the major league roster where he’ll make the major league minimum of $720,000 this season.

That leaves the Cubs on the hook for more than $21 million toward Heyward this year.

On the other side of the field, the Dodgers opted to non-tender Cody Bellinger this past offseason, making him a free agent for the first time in his career. He agreed to a $17.5 million deal with the Cubs this winter giving Chicago one of the more expensive outfield in baseball when you factor in dead money.

So you want to own a baseball team?

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