Cubs’ stance on a Kyle Hendricks deal at the trade deadline
The MLB trade deadline is here and has been wild already with rumors left and right. The Chicago Cubs are destined to deal a few players, at the very least, with Kris Bryant and Craig Kimbrel as the obvious choices. Another option is Kyle Hendricks, although there are reports that the Cubs would rather not part with Hendricks, according to Mark Feinsand.
Although the Cubs have a number of players up for grabs, don't count on Kyle Hendricks being part of the exodus. The pitcher is "definitely not being shopped" according to a source, and barring an unexpectedly great offer, the Cubs are "not trying to move him."
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 26, 2021
Is this surprising? A bit.
However, the Cubs don’t want to completed decimate their farm system and big-league squad. This isn’t a rebuild at all. Bryant and Kimbrel are older, less-controllable players that the Cubs would rather get something for than watch walk away at the end of the season.
Now, could a gigantic offer change the Cubs’ minds regarding a Hendricks deal? Absolutely.
For now, they hope to hold onto the star right-hander. As for Bryant and Kimbrel, their days playing home games at Wrigley Field are drawing to an unfortunate end, and Bryant is seemingly the top hitter on the market.
The MLB trade deadline should have a ton of activity across the league, and the Cubs will be involved. However, Kyle Hendricks’ name doesn’t look as if it will be called.