"They have a little bit of an edge to them after the way things ended last year," Hendry said of the team's second-place finish in the National League Central.
One matter still unresolved is shortstop Ryan Theriot's contract. He is the Cubs' only arbitration-eligible player unsigned, and the two sides are $800,000 apart. Theriot, 30, who made $500,000 last season, his third as the starting shortstop, is seeking $3.4 million. The Cubs offered $2.6 million.
The two sides can come to an agreement at any point before the actual hearing. The Cubs have not gone to arbitration since 1993, when Mark Grace filed for $4.1 million and the Cubs offered $3.1 million. The Cubs won that case.
"I haven't spoken to his people in a while," Hendry said of Theriot's representatives. "There's always a chance [it will be resolved] until it's final. I can't say I'm optimistic either. We've already settled with the other seven [arbitration-eligible players].
"It's a situation where if it ends up going to a hearing, then that's OK, too. Everybody has a right to feel how they do. It won't affect, obviously, how we feel about him or the way he plays."
The Cubs had expressed an interest in finding another right-handed reliever to complement lefty John Grabow in the 'pen and help set up closer Carlos Marmol. There are no deals on the horizon. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 17.
"We'll keep our options open," Hendry said. "We have some ideas of people to scout in camp."
So far, the medical reports on players such as Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Ted Lilly are all positive. Soriano, who had arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of last season, is progressing well, and Ramirez has had no problems with his shoulder. Lilly underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in early November and Hendry said they will be patient with the lefty, who could miss the first month of regular-season games.
"If he's 95 percent on Opening Day or opening week, we'll wait until he's 100 [percent]," Hendry said.
This will be the first spring for the Cubs under the new owners, the Ricketts family, who took control in late October. Team chairman Tom Ricketts met with the Cubs' Minor League development staff and scouts during the organizational meetings in November.
"They gave our employees a real good feeling about what kind of people they are and how they plan on doing things the right way," Hendry said. "I've said this, they're going to own this club for a long time, and I think the people of Chicago will be thrilled that they do. I think everybody feels that.
"I think the players had a good feeling about them at the [Cubs] Convention, and why wouldn't they? [The Ricketts] are very genuine and caring people, and I think they'll do things in a first-class manner."