Reports: Cubs exercise $16.5 million option on Kyle Hendricks

Field Level Media

November 05, 2023 at 11:24 pm.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks is reportedly returning to the Chicago Cubs for his 11th season.

The team is picking up his $16.5 million option, several media outlets reported Sunday.

Hendricks, who is the last remaining player from the Cubs team that won the World Series in 2016, has won 93 games and pitched to a 3.48 ERA since debuting with the team in 2014. He set career marks in 2016 with 16 wins and led the majors with a 2.13 ERA. He finished third in the National League Cy Young Award voting that season.

Hendricks went 6-8 with a 3.74 ERA in 24 starts in 2023. He opened the season on the injured list with a capsule tear in his right shoulder and didn’t make his season debut until May 25.

The reports also said the team is exercising its $6 million option on catcher Yan Gomes, who slashed .267/.315/.408 with 10 home runs and 63 RBIs in 116 games last season.

He is a career .248 hitter with 135 home runs and 510 RBIs in 12 seasons with five organizations, the last two with the Cubs.

The Cubs (83-79) narrowly missed making the playoffs as a National League wild card in 2023, finishing one game behind the Miami Marlins and the eventual National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks.

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