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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus two players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus six players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, seven players are on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 5-18-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 6
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P

 





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Extending Mr. Hendricks

by Moshe W.

Kyle Hendricks will be aggressively targeted by the Cubs for an extension this offseason. 

Hendricks was not a top draft pick (8th round, 2011) and only received a $125k signing bonus. His career earnings to date are a respectable, but not life altering, $2m. As a pitcher, Hendricks knows he is always one bad injury away from losing everything. Combine that with the low career earnings total, and Hendricks is likely interested in some serious guaranteed money, even if it does entail giving the Cubs a little discount. 

So, what might that extension look like?

I dug around for comparable pitchers who have signed recent extensions, to establish a market rate for Hendricks. The closest comparison to my eye is division rival Carlos Martinez. Some other potential comparisons are Corey Kluber and Chase Anderson. The table below compares these three to Hendricks using their career numbers as of the date they signed the extensions. 

Name

Age

bWAR

fWAR

ERA

Serv. time

Arbitration est

Contract (all options are team opts)

Hendricks

28

13.2

11.8

2.94

3.081

$4.9m

NA

Martinez

24

9.3

8.3

3.33

3.073

$5.3m

5yr/$51m + $17m & $18m opts

Kluber

28

8.2

10.8

3.34

2.074

NA

5yr/$38.5m + $13. & $14.5 opts

Anderson

30

6.8

6.2

3.87

3.146

Not released

2yr/$11.5m + $8.5 & $9.5m opts

To my eye, Martinez is the closest comp. Anderson’s career numbers are far below Hendricks. Meanwhile, Kluber was a full year away from arbitration when he signed his deal, which renders financial comparison difficult. Martinez, though, is reasonably close to Hendricks in WAR, ERA, and service time. His slightly lower career stats are offset by his younger age. He also had a very similar arbitration estimate prior to signing.

If we use Martinez as a comparison, we might expect Hendricks to sign a five-year deal, perhaps in the $50-55m range, with two option years both in the $17-19m range. Yet Hendricks is older than Martinez, and may want either a shorter term—so he can get one shot at free agency before age 35—or a longer deal, knowing this is his one opportunity to cash in. My guess is shorter. The shortest deal the Cubs would accept would be four years because the 4th year is 2021, the same year the Cubs have final control over many of their key position players. If we remove the 5th year of Martinez’s deal, we get a four year, $40m deal. That deal would guarantee Hendricks serious money but allow him to hit free agency at age 32. I could see that happening. Yet the Cubs are unlikely to guarantee all that money to get only one extra year of control. I still think they will push for a five-year deal.

That said, here are three potential Hendricks extension options, in order of likelihood:

1) 5yr/$55m + one (or two) $18m team options.

2) 4yr/$40m.

3) 6yr/$70m + $19m & $20m team options.

Comments

In order to qualify for "Active leaders in career ERA", a pitcher needs 1,000 IP. Hendricks, at 590 IP, has a way to go, but there is only one pitcher on that list with a lower ERA than Kyle's -- a Mr. Kershaw of LA. Only Kershaw and Sale are below 3.00. Extend him!

Recent comments

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I'd say the whole Cubs Hitting Org from top to bottom is in a "meh/slump" stage here.
    We're all just waiting for a breakout to occur here in Wrigley and down on the farm. BDavis has been a good story, but he needs some company!!

    Thank goodness for Bellinger. He's the only hitter we have that honestly doesn't have a whole in his approach. He's a professional hitter and can provide pop. I don't buy into the argument he doesn't have real bat speed. He can turn on almost any inside pitch (up or down).
    But I still think he should be the 1B. He clearly doesn't want that.
    PCA in CF (or Tauch) and Happ, Busch and ONKC at DH (or Happ/ONKC in LF).
     

  • crunch (view)

    matt shaw's AA hot start has been fizzling hard.

    he hit 3 homers by april 14, none since.  he's pretty much had a dead bat since april 17th.

    he's got a .182/.304/.242 slash in may so far.

  • crunch (view)

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  • Cubster (view)

    Luis Vasquez gets his first call up, looks like Nico may move to the IL but no formal counter move yet.

  • crunch (view)

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  • crunch (view)

    morel's knee and foot seems to be feeling a bit better.

    https://i.ibb.co/YLpKF6M/7ubebkpwp91d1.jpg

  • crunch (view)

    iowa gave away the game in the late innings.  davis got a single and double to add to the pile, though.

    may  9th - .135/.306/.216
     

    may 18th - .279/.439/.689

    in 8 games over 9 days he's gone from washup to prospect resurgence.  it would be nice to get that heat from 2021 back.

  • crunch (view)

    unreal.  be crazy to see where this goes in a month or 2....unless it gets too crazy to ignore at the mlb level.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    And another solo shot in the third. He’s not hitting cheapies either. Definitely capturing my attention at this point.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    He is on a serious heater right now