2. Clint Frazier and No. 5 prospect Luis Medina to Cubs for Kyle Hendricks
Kyle Hendricks is the prototypical No. 2 starter for the Yankees.
The Cubs are ready to sell the farm, and it’s time the Yankees get involved in the auction. They already traded Yu Darvish for a bunch of high schoolers and seemingly have other plans on deck with Kris Bryant and others. But what about Kyle Hendricks?
The right-hander is under contract through 2023 ($14 million per season) and has an option for 2024 ($16 million). If Chicago is tearing it all down, why keep Hendricks? He doesn’t fall in line with any potential championship window and they’re better suited to splurge on Javier Baez, make him the face of the franchise, and figure everything out from there.
For interested parties, though, it’s a relative bargain. That’s Liam Hendriks money!
Clearing Hendricks’ cash would help the organization save in the short term, which has been the clear intention since the offseason commenced. But in this day and age, $14 million for a pitcher of Hendricks’ caliber is actually somewhat of a steal, so this trade should get the Cubs a decent return unlike the Darvish one.
Send Frazier, No. 5 prospect Luis Medina and No. 19 prospect Roansy Contreras. Medina and Contreras are highly-regarded pitchers in the Yankees’ system and Frazier can fill the void in left field left by Kyle Schwarber.
As for the Yanks, Hendricks slots in right behind Gerrit Cole. World Series on.