In July 2012 cubs acquired then-prospect Kyle Hendrix from the Rangers, a key moment in their first recovery under Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
After almost 10 years, everything can return to normal?
“It would definitely come as a shock and I would have to think it all over,” Hendrix said of his reaction if the Cubs traded him before the August 2 deadline.
But he also knows that it can happen.
“You know it’s all going to end at some point,” Hendrix said.
With the Cubs losing the season and rebounding, Hendrix could be the one the opposition will draft next month. In fact, an MLB insider John Heyman said this week he expects there will be a market for the 32-year-old right-hander.
Hendrix has had his ups and downs over the past two seasons. He also has a great track record of stamina and success, especially on the biggest stages, and is under contract until next season.
Hendrix said he didn’t give much thought to whether he could be traded and focused his attention on the field. But it was only a year ago that the Cubs turned in fellow 2016 champions Chris Bryant, Javi Baez and Anthony Rizzo on time.
At the time, Rizzo was the longest-serving Cub, and the title is now held by Hendrix.
“To see all these guys go and this process sort of starts, we know we’re in a similar boat this year,” Hendrix said ahead of Wednesday’s 8-3 victory over the Reds that improved the record. Cubs to 29-46.
“But I saw how everyone handled it last year, just handled it like a pro, handled it with respect. They do such a good job from the front treating us well.
“We are focused on using every day and the group that we have right now.”
The trade this summer will likely give Hendrix the opportunity to race for pennants, which he says he will “try to take advantage of and have some fun with this moment and this opportunity.”
And if he was traded, he would have the experience of 2012. The Cubs acquired him from Texas when he was in High-A for Ryan Dempster.
“It was very early in my career, which I really didn’t expect,” Hendrix said. “Dealing with this situation and your family, having to move everyone to another place, is not something I haven’t gone through. [already].”
Even if teams come, that doesn’t mean the Cubs will be tempted to move Hendrix. He’s a seasoned champion, mentor to a pitching team with young, promising hands, and a friendly relationship with the team.
All these are important material values for the Cubs in their current process.
“In the end I love it [here]”, – said Hendrix. – I would really like to stay here.”
Aside from six rounds against the Braves, Hendrix, due to start on Thursday, had a good June, including a dominant 7 1/3 close innings last week. against the cardinals.
After being prescribed two weeks of rest earlier this month to treat shoulder fatigue, he said he was back 100 percent healthy.
“It’s always a start,” Hendrix said. “Now I really feel good in performance and in my mechanics.
“Bringing the right mindset every single day, going out and being convinced of the game plan, being judged for every pitch I throw, and that’s how the ball will come out.”
Hendrix said he has had “great communication” with Jed Hoyer since taking over as team president, noting that Hoyer is “always available to talk and give his honest opinion”.
“I really respect that out of him,” Hendrix added about Hoyer. “I respect what he does and I have complete faith in his decisions and the path he is taking with us.
“Whatever part of it I am, I’m just trying to take care of my part.”
The path Hendrix is about to continue with the Cubs, the only team he plays for in the big leagues.
“I love everything about Chicago, man,” he said. “It would take me some time to look back at everything that happened and think about it all.
“I just have to see what happens in the next few weeks and see where we end up.”
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