The Cubs have already traded Joc Pederson and are expected to make several more deals before Friday’s 4pm ET trade deadline, but MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports (via Twitter) that top starter Kyle Hendricks is “definitely not being shopped” and that the team would only move him if approached with a strong offer.
Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer effectively confirmed earlier this month that an 11-game losing streak had pushed his club into seller territory. At the time, Hoyer spoke generally about keeping an open mind to moves “that can help build the next great Cubs team.” So while the Cubs may not be calling all 29 other teams and actively trying to find a taker for Hendricks, it stands to reason that a team could put together an offer that makes Hoyer & Co. consider parting with its longest-tenured pitcher.
Hendricks, 31, signed a four-year, $55M contract extension with a fifth-year option a couple springs ago and is still not halfway through that deal. He’s owed $14M both in 2022 and 2023, and the contract contains a $16M option with a $1.5M buyout. As of this writing, he’s owed $5.19M through the end of the 2021 season, bringing the total sum he’s still guaranteed on the contract to $36.19M (including the option buyout).