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“It wasn’t any secret from the end of the season on that one of our top and most important priorities was to fill our void at first base,” Hendry said. “We were looking, certainly, to add someone from the left side, that not only was a quality offensive player with some power but also a good defender and a high character young man. We have certainly landed that. We have filled all of the essentials that we were looking for with Carlos.”

NOTES: Greg Maddux, an assistant to Hendry, was part of the Cubs‘ team on the transaction. Boras was Maddux’s longtime agent. “His role with us has continued to grow,” Hendry said. Said Boras: “Greg has so many abilities and so many aptitudes, so to see him walk in the room and sit across from you, it’s really a feeling of great reward.”