Cubs Pick Up Contract for Veteran Pitcher

The Chicago Cubs made their first significant move by retaining veteran pitcher Kyle Hendricks.

Cody Bellinger and Marcus Stroman had opted for free agency, prompting the Cubs to act.

The team exercised its club option to keep Hendricks, ensuring he returns for his 11th season with the Cubs.

Hendricks has been one of the Cubs' top pitchers since his debut in 2014.

He had an impressive streak of five consecutive years with an ERA under 3.50 from 2016 to 2020.

However, injuries affected his performance in 2021 and 2022, limiting his starts.

In 2023, Hendricks had a much better season, finishing with an ERA of 3.74 in 24 starts.

The Cubs were initially looking for another starting pitcher, but those plans changed when Marcus Stroman entered free agency.

Although Hendricks may not be a star pitcher anymore, his presence adds depth to the team's rotation, which would have been thin without him.

There's potential for a contract extension in the future, but for now, Hendricks is set to return to the Cubs in 2024.

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