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Kyle Hendricks signs four year, $55.5 million contract extension with the Cubs

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Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks has agreed to a four-year contract extension with a vesting option for 2024. The deal will pay him $55.5 million. The deal will not kick in until next year, so he’ll still receive his previously-agreed $7.405 million salary for 2019, making the club’s current commitment to him $63 million through 2023. It buys out his final year of arbitration and his first three years of free agency.

Hendricks posting a 3.07 ERA through 132 starts and one relief appearance in the majors. His best season came in 2016 when he led the league in ERA with a mark of 2.13 in 31 games. Last year he won 14 games and posted a 3.44 ERA (125 ERA+) in 33 starts. He has a 2.98 ERA in 11 postseason appearances.

Nolan Arenado swats go-ahead homer for 1,000th career hit

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.

Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.