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13/06/2019 a las 03:36:14
MESA [url=]Paul O'Neill Jersey[/url] , Ariz. (AP) — the reasons the Cubs didn’t hesitate to give the right-handed pitcher a new deal.Hendricks and the Cubs agreed Tuesday to a contract that adds $55.5 million from 2020 to 2023, guaranteeing he will receive $62,905,000 over the next five seasons.He had agreed in January to a one-year deal for $7,405,000 and would have been eligible for arbitration next winter.“I love everything about being a Chicago Cub,” Hendricks said. “I love everything about the city, about the fans and especially about my teammates in the clubhouse. That’s where my focus is at. As much as I’ll revel and be excited about this, our focus 100 percent is on Thursday and the season. That’s what I told the guys in there. I want to be with them as long as I can.”His new deal adds salaries of $12 million for 2020 and $14 million annually from 2021-23. The agreement includes a $16 million team option for 2024 with a $1.5 million buyout, and the option would become guaranteed if he finished among the top three in Cy Young Award voting in 2020. There are $3 million annually in escalators based on finishing among the top 10 in Cy Young Award voting.Hendricks’ deal is somewhat patterned after the deal agreed to last month by St. Louis pitcher Miles Mikolas [url=][/url ] , who was guaranteed an additional $68 million from 2020-23, raising his total to $75.25 million over five seasons.Hendricks, 29, was scheduled to start on Tuesday in the spring training finale against Boston but was scratched because he underwent an MRI as part of his physical. The Cubs open Thursday at Texas, and Hendricks will throw a bullpen there.“He’s a great example for every player we have in the organization,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. “Kyle is making a big step forward as a leader. A lot of guys look up to him and the way he goes about his business.”Hendricks does not fit the norm of starting pitchers, opting to rely on location rather than velocity. He has gone 52-33 with a 3.07 ERA in 132 starts and one relief appearance over five seasons. His 3.07 ERA is the fifth-lowest among active pitchers with at least 100 starts.“Watching the way I pitch and getting guys out at the big league level will hopefully translate to younger pitchers just learning more of a pitching style and not relying on velocity so much,” Hendricks said. “I just want to be the best pitcher I can always be and at the end of the day, when my career is said and done, to have no regrets.”The Cubs acquired Hendricks from the Rangers in July 2012. Epstein remembered how scouts boasted about the right-hander’s makeup.“They all said he gets the absolute most out of his abilities,” Epstein said. “Here we are seven years later and it’s 100 percent true. If you look at the numbers [url=][/url ] , he’s one of the most effective starting pitchers in the game,” Epstein said. “The names on that list are guys on Hall of Fame trajectories. Kyle’s in rare air for what he’s done.”Last season, Hendricks led the Cubs with a career-high 33 starts and 199 innings. He closed the season 9-3 with a 2.65 ERA in his final 16 starts.NOTES: Left-handed reliever Randy Rosario made the Cubs’ opening day roster. The Cubs also announced pitcher Kyle Ryan was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and Allen Webster was assigned to the minor league camp. The MLB non-waiver trade deadline closed Tuesday afternoon, but teams still have the opportunity to make waiver-wire deals through the end of August.This is a complex process, but if deals are made by September 1, those players will be eligible to compete in the postseason. If a player clears the waiver wire, his team is free to negotiate around the league. If he's claimed, the team can either discuss a deal with that team or renounce the player's rights.While teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies were busy prior to the trade deadline, the Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies and Oakland A's did not complete major trades prior to the deadline.The Indians are leading the AL Central and will likely have to compete with the Houston Astros [url=][/url ] , Boston Red Sox and Yankees if they are going to represent the American League in the World Series. The Indians can turn to the waiver wire if they are going to make deals.The A's are in contention for an AL wild-card spot, while the Rockies have their eyes set on a National League playoff spot.Big-name players have been involved in waiver deals. That includes Justin Verlander, who was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Houston Astros last August.The Toronto Blue Jays did not move pitcher Marcus Stroman prior to the non-waiver deadline, but his name had been mentioned in discussions, according to MLB Network insider Jon Morosi.Teams that decide they need starting pitching for the final stretch of the season will almost certainly give the Blue Jays a call because Stroman is better than his 4-7 record and 5.20 earned run average indicates. Stroman has a 41-32 career record and a 3.81 ERA.Stroman has had shoulder problems in the past, but that does not appear to be an issue right now.The New York Mets did not trade any of their big-name pitchers, and that was somewhat of a surprise since the team has struggled badly this season. Instead of dealing ace pitchers Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler, it held onto them because it believes those pitchers can help turn the team around in 2019.Will the Mets continue to think that way throughout the month of August? If there is any change in that thought process, they can engineer a waiver-wire deal involving one or more of those hurlers.Former Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was mentioned prominently in the final days of July because he has pitched better with the Cincinnati Reds than he did when his tenure with the Mets came to an end.Harvey was rumored to be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman [url=][/url ] , but there was no deal. He would seem to be an ideal waiver-wire trade candidate. Harvey is 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA since coming to the Reds and has a 1.192 WHIP.Andrew McCutchen of the San Francisco Giants was also prominently mentioned prior to the deadline. With the Giants falling further in the NL West since the All-Star break, the former Pittsburgh Pirate could find himself on the move in the coming month.McCutchen has a .253/.348/.405 slash line and can be a game-changer at the plate.The Baltimore Orioles traded Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Zach Britton prior to the trade deadline, but they did not move veteran center fielder Adam Jones.Jones reportedly rejected an opportunity to go to Philadelphia, according to Heyman. However, Jones could change his mind at some point in August, and he could be a valuable addition to a contending team that needs a hitter who can make a difference.
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