The Cubs aren’t actively shopping Jason Heyward, despite last week’s rumors that had him going to the Giants.

“That whole rumor was out of nowhere with zero base for truth,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I can’t speculate on (rumors). I think Jason has done a great job for us on defense, in the clubhouse, on the bases. He hasn’t been offensively where he was before getting to us, but he’ll get there. He’ll keep working hard. There is no point in going into hypotheticals.

“I just feel like that rumor went pretty for for something with no basis in truth.”

So the Cubs aren’t looking to trade him?

“Not at all,” Hoyer said.

The Cubs are hoping work with new hitting coach Chili Davis will revive Heyward’s bat, which has been largely absent in his first two years in Chicago. His .715 OPS was 25th-worst among players with 450 or more plate appearances in ’17, and second worst on the team to Ben Zobrist’s .619.

Heyward, who signed an eight-year $184 million deal before 2016, is due $127.5 million through 2023, plus $20 million in deferred signing bonus from 2024-’27. He can opt out after 2018, which is highly unlikely.
Leading off

While pitching is the “primary focus,” Hoyer said the Cubs are also looking for a leadoff hitter, after trying several players in ’17 following the ill-fated experiment with Kyle Schwarber at the start of the season.