New Outfielder "Has Leg Up" In Competition For Dodgers Final Outfield Spot

He retooled his swing this offseason.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had positive things to say about outfielder Jason Heyward during a press conference on Tuesday.

Heyward, who accepted a minor-league contract from the Dodgers in December after being released by the Cubs, is a favorite to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster according to Roberts.

Roberts confirmed Heyward's progress and swing changes during batting practice on Monday, adding that he "absolutely" has a leg up in the competition for the final outfield spot.

He also added that he was impressed watching the veteran in batting practice on Monday when he took starter Tony Gonsolin deep.

Heyward has struggled at the plate over the past two seasons, posting a .211/.280/.326 slash line over 152 games since the start of the 2021 season.

However, Roberts expressed confidence that the Dodgers could help Heyward revive his career, and the team is hoping that Heyward can contribute to their outfield depth in 2023. Photo Credit:  Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports