For almost all of the articles I have done, I have been looking at baseballtradevalues. It’s a good way of getting the value of the players involved. Sometimes though, the values just don’t always make sense. That’s the case with Kyle Hendricks from the Cubs. The Mariners could make a play for him, but it would cost more than it shows on trade values.
He gets a value of -4.9, and I don’t see that as being accurate. Yes, this is the first year of his 4-55.5 contract that he signed. However, for a starter of his caliber, that doesn’t seem that bad. His main issue this year has been home runs, as he leads the league in 20 given up. That’s almost twice his average rate, so it’s likely an anomaly.
Kyle Hendricks could be the veteran that the Mariners needed.
Heading into the 2021 season, Hendricks had a career 3.12 ERA, with a WHIP of 1.105, a BB rate of 1.9/9, and no season with an ERA over3.50 since 2015.
The Mariners have three starters underneath an ERA of 4 already, with a fourth, currently on the IL, at 3.75.
If they decided to take on Hendricks contract, you could be looking at a five-man rotation with everyone under a 4.00 ERA. Combine that with the Mariners bullpen, at you could quietly be looking at one of the most formidable pitching staffs in baseball.
What would it take to get Hendricks from the Cubs? Let’s take a look at some of the trades they could go for.