It's arbitration season in Major League Baseball, and the Chicago Cubs have officially managed to avoid a potentially dicey labor proceeding with one of their key starters in his second year of eligibility.
Per insider Jon Heyman, Kyle Hendricks is locked in for 2019 on a $7.405 million deal.
Kyle Hendricks, Cubs settle at $7.405 M— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2019
Hendricks isn't due for free agency until 2021, but for now, he's due for a nice bump to his compensation entering his age-29 season, as he took home $4.175 last year.
Of course, that's not enough for some partisans out there.
The MLB CBA is incredibly messed up when Kyle Hendricks, 6 years into what has been a terrific career, is only making $7 million. He's been worth $20+ million per season. And the dude still don't even be a free agent next year.— Northside Baseball (@nsbbcom) January 11, 2019
The 2016 World Series champ is coming off a 14-11 campaign on the North Side in which he posted a 3.44 ERA. That's not the kind of line that jumps off the page, but he did notably log 199 innings, the highest total of his career.
The Cubbies face an uncertain future the NL Central given the threats they face in Milwaukee, Cincinnati and St. Louis. But as the free agency circus rages on, they can at least pat themselves on the back for taking care of business with their big right-hander.