Cubs Trade Rumors: Kyle Hendricks 'Definitely Not Being Shopped' Ahead of Deadline

Norm Hall/Getty Images According to a source, Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher, is not being "definitely not being sold." Mark Feinsand, of MLB.com, said that unless there is a huge offer, the Cubs "not trying" to move him. Feinsand said that the Cubs have "a number of players available for grabs," however. 31-year-old Hendricks is having a difficult year. He went 12-4 in 20 appearances with a 3.61 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, along with 87 strikeouts over 117.1 innings. These are not bad numbers. However, if the season ended today, Hendricks' ERA would be his highest since 2015, and his WHIP his worst in his career. However, he has had a strong run in recent starts: Whether Hendricks stays, or goes, there are changes coming for the 49-51 Cubs. They appear to be preparing for a firesale, after falling to fourth in the NL Central. After the 2021 season, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo will all be eligible to become free agents. All three are potential trade candidates. Craig Kimbrel, the closer, has a $16million club option for next year. This means Chicago could be able to demand extremely lucrative trade offers from teams looking to improve their bullpen. For the veteran stars, the Cubs could always agree on extensions. Baez and others could be lost for nothing in free agency. Hendricks is, however, under contract through 2023, with a vesting option for 2024. The Cubs have no reason to trade Hendricks this summer.

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