Chicago Cubs: Kyle Hendricks deal should be a regret
Hendricks is signed through 2024 and is scheduled to make $14 million the next two seasons, and then $16 million in the last year of his deal. The Cubs can afford that, especially given the trades made this July. But to consider Hendricks ace potential would be a mistake, especially given how he’s pitched down the stretch.
David Ross considered shutting Hendricks down. He’s been that bad. But instead, the team has opted to take baby steps with the 31-year-old, hoping he’ll regain his old form.
“It just hasn’t been locked in lately,” Hendricks said. “So, we’ve just kind of made a switch to go in with one or two goals that I’m really trying to accomplish, and go from there. And make sure I do it and kind of make myself better, and set myself up for next year.”
We’ll see if that’s enough, but for right now Hendricks’ contract sticks out like a sore thumb on a Cubs’ payroll that otherwise is fairly clean.