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Including the deal he already had for this year at $7.405 million, Hendricks will earn $63 million before the option, sources told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. The extension eliminates Hendricks’ last year of arbitration.
The 2024 option will vest if Hendricks finishes in the top three in Cy Young voting in 2020, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. If not, it turns into a club option. The option will be for $16 million and includes a $1.5 million buyout.
“I love everything about being a Chicago Cub,” Hendricks said Tuesday. “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.”
Hendricks, 29, is an anomaly in today’s pitching world, with his fastball topping out in the low 90s. He