The Cubs are making all the moves on Cubs Convention day. First they signed Justin Wilson to a one-year deal avoiding arbitration for him, and now the Cubs and Kyle Hendricks came to terms on a one-year $4.175 million deal to also avoid arbitration.
#Cubs and Kyle Hendricks avoid arbitration, signing for $4.175 million. Four more to go: Bryant, Russell, Grimm, La Stella
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) January 12, 2018
Hendricks was the most efficient and reliable pitcher on the Cubs pitching staff, starting Game One of the NLDS. The Professor went 7-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 139.2 innings in 2017. Hendricks also posted a 1.19 WHIP while striking out 123 batters.
Arbitration deals are likely not wrapped up yet, with four Cubs still arbitration eligible. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Justin Grimm, and Tommy La Stella could all strike deals later today. Bryant definitely is the wild card among the list, because he could be the first $10 million arbitration player.