Hendry Extension Appears Imminent
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Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune
and Mike Kiley in the Sun-Times
are reporting that the Cubs and Jim Hendry will begin negotiating a contract extension
for the GM today or Wednesday, with a deal expected to be in place possibly as early as Thursday
Kiley believes the first question Hendry will be asked at the expected Thursday news conference is whether he plans on giving Dusty Baker an extension, but I would be a lot more interested in asking Hendry:
1. Does he think he is--or is not-- going to be able to get Derrek Lee
to agree to a contract extension past 2006 in the next few days, and if he can't, does that push the issue to end of the season?
2. Does he plan on approaching Aramis Ramirez
about giving up his player option for 2007 (possibly in return for the Cubs guaranteeing the club option part of the mutual option for 2009, plus tacking on another year worth somewhere around $13-$14mil at the end of the contract)?.