Nearly 10 years later, could things come full circle?
“It would definitely come as a shock, and I would have to process it all,” said Hendricks of what his reaction would be if the Cubs traded him before the Aug. 2 deadline.
But he also knows it could happen.
“You know things are going to come to an end at some point,” Hendricks said.
With the Cubs in a losing season and rebuilding, Hendricks could be someone opposing teams come calling for over the next month. In fact, MLB insider Jon Heyman said this week he expects there to be a market for the 32-year-old right-hander.
Hendricks has had ups and downs the past two seasons. He also has a long track record of durability and success, especially on the biggest stages, and is under contract through next season.
Hendricks said he hasn’t put much thought into whether he could be traded and is keeping his focus on the field. But it was only a year ago the Cubs dealt fellow 2016 champs Kris Bryant, Javy Báez and Anthony Rizzo at the deadline.
Rizzo was the longest-tenured Cub at the time, a title that now belongs to Hendricks.
“To see all those guys go and that process kind of start, we know we’re in a similar boat this year,” said Hendricks before Wednesday’s 8-3 win over the Reds, which improved the Cubs’ record to 29-46.
“But I watched how everybody 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.
“Our focus is really taking advantage of every day and the group we have right now.”
A trade this summer would likely provide Hendricks the opportunity to pitch in a pennant race, something he…